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Victorian community comes together for IDAHOT

Victorian community comes together for IDAHOT

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:27 Written by // James Findlay

MELBOURNE: Community groups around the world are gearing up to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on Saturday, May 17.

The theme for 2014 is ‘Freedom of Expression’ and is a reminder of the freedom of expression restrictions that affect the lives of the LGBTI around the world.

Last year, approximately 1000 events took place in close to 120 countries with nearly a third of those in countries where same-sex relationships are criminalized.

Here in Melbourne, LGBTI radio station JOY 94.9 is holding an outside broadcast with Friday’s Drive team outside Etihad Stadium sponsored by the AFL.

“David and Sue will host their show at the stadium in the build up to the AFL game that night, highlighting the AFL’s stand against homophobia and discrimination of all kinds,” JOY Weekday Program Producer Sarah Kilalea told MCV.

“Interviews with players, organisers and spokespeople such as Jason Ball will be aired from 4-7pm outside Gate 5 so come and say hello, win tickets to the game and show your support,” she said.

JOY will also air a special one-hour program hosted by Q-Life and the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard focusing on celebrating the volunteers of worthwhile community organisations and celebrating the build up to IDAHO.

Also on Friday for IDAHOT, two new projects will be launched in Wyndham City in Melbourne’s west.

‘Gender is not Uniform’ is a school based program to raise awareness of transgender and gender diverse students though inclusive school uniform policies.

The second program to launch is ‘What makes an Ally?’ the new trans and gender diverse project from Transgender Victoria and YGender.

The project seeks to engage young people across Victoria in regional and urban areas to participate in creating a print and web based campaign that fosters healthy relationships between trans* and gender diverse young people and their allies.

The launch will take place at Wyndham City Civic Centre, 45 Princes Highway, Werribee on Friday May 16 at 1pm where Safe Schools Coalition Victoria will also be launching their new project'Gender is Not Uniform'.

For more information contact the Community Development team at Wyndham City Council on 9742 0777.


James Findlay

James Findlay

James Findlay is a Melbourne-based writer and broadcaster who has worked in community media for many years. He has won awards for his work on The Naughty Rude Show on SYN, and can be heard on JOY 94.9's breakfast program, Triple Threat, and Hide and Seek - exploring sex, sexuality and self. James was also the Marketing and PR Manager for Melbourne's Midsumma Festival for two years, before traveling overseas where he taught English in Germany and worked as a tour guide around Western Europe. He is currently studying his Masters at Melbourne University in Public Health (specialising in Sexual Health).

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