International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
The South Australian Government is launching an online training tool to promote inclusion in the public sector today to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).
A community breakfast will also be held at Next Generation, North Adelaide, with guest speaker Catherine McGregor AM, the 2016 Queensland Australian of the Year.
Ms McGregor served as a military officer and when she affirmed her female gender in July 2012, she was the highest ranking transgender military officer in the world until her retirement.
The online training tool is the first of its kind developed by an Australian Government, and will be made available across the public service.
It aims to educate State Government employees about the importance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and/or Queer (LGBTIQ) inclusive workplaces and service delivery.
For more information on IDAHOT visit www.idahot.org.au.
Homophobia and transphobia are generally defined as hostility towards or fear of people who identify as LGBTIQ.
This can include homophobic language, physical attacks and discrimination. IDAHOT is an opportunity to recognise the importance of including and supporting LGBTIQ people.
IDAHOT is recognised in more than 120 countries around the world.
The date of 17 May was chosen because on that date in 1990 the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental health disorders.
In 2016, internationally, IDAHOT is focused on mental health and wellbeing.
Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison said:
As one of South Australia's largest employers, the public sector has a leadership role to play promoting an inclusive environment that operates free of prejudice and discrimination.
This training tool helps public servants better understand issues affecting members of the LGBTIQ community and how to be mindful of this in both the workplace and the broader community.
IDAHOT is a day to remember the importance of equality and valuing difference.
IDAHOT highlights the global movement against discrimination of LGBTIQ people and the resilience of this community in the face of prejudice and discrimination.