Join us for IDAHOBIT

Published on 09 May 2022


Mornington Peninsula Shire, in collaboration with Frankston City Council, will be celebrating IDAHOBIT on 17 May with a series of flag raisings and author talks in support of our LGBTQIA+ communities. 
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is the international day against LGBTQIA+ discrimination.
It is a day to grow visibility, educate on inclusion, and change the world for our lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer/questioning and asexual residents, community, friends, family, allies and colleagues.
From Tuesday 17 May to Friday 20 May, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston City Council will be raising rainbow flags in support of IDAHOBIT.

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Please join us in celebrating our LGBTQIA+ communities at the following events:



Mornington Peninsula Shire rainbow flag raising event
Tuesday 17 May, 11am
Flagpoles outside Rosebud Shire Office (92 Besgrove Street, Rosebud)
Register here
Mornington Peninsula Shire staff and community members identifying as LGBTQIA+ and their allies are invited to come together for our annual Rainbow Flag Raising event to acknowledge the history of IDAHOBIT, show support for LGBTQIA+ people globally and raise awareness for the need to combat discrimination.
Speeches and a performance from comedian Geraldine Quinn in the Yawa Aquatic Centre (50m walk) to follow. A light lunch will be provided.

Author Talk: Jonathan Butler on ‘The boy in the dress’
Tuesday 17 May, 11am
Mornington Library (Vancouver St, Mornington)
Recommended for adults  
Register here

Join Jonathan Butler to hear about The Boy in the Dress: a deeply personal investigation into a possible gay hate crime on the home front in 1944.


Frankston City Council rainbow flag raising event
Tuesday 17 May, 9:30 – 11am
Frankston Civic Centre Forecourt (30 Davey Street, Frankston)
Morning Tea provided
Frankston City Council staff and community members who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their allies are invited to come together for Frankston City Council’s annual Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony to acknowledge the history of IDAHOBIT, show support for LGBTQIA+ people globally and raise awareness for the need to combat discrimination

Jobs Victoria Advocates 1:1 consultations
Tuesday 17 May, 1.30 – 3pm
Frankston Library Forecourt (60 Playne Street, Frankston)
For people aged 15+
Frankston City Council’s Job Advocates are celebrating IDAHOBIT and helping people to overcome discrimination. They will be providing free 1:1 consultations in a safe and inclusive space to discuss specific barriers to employment and study, linking people with tailored support and culturally specific services. 
Consultations are available for people 15+ with all clients at this session receiving a free Rainbow cupcake from Writers Bloc Café.

Library forecourt activation by Youth Services, Libraries and Jobs Advocates Victoria
Tuesday 17 May, 3 – 5pm
Frankston Library Forecourt (60 Playne Street, Frankston)
Join Frankston Youth Services, Frankston City Libraries and Jobs Advocates Victoria at the Library Forecourt for free rainbow themed activities for all ages including: art activities, gender pronoun badge making, 1:1 Job Advocate consultations and LGBTQIA+ information and resources.

FrankTALK: Dr Yves Rees on ‘All About Yves’
Tuesday 17 May, 5 – 6pm
For people aged 16+
Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street, Frankston  
Register here
Join author, historian and podcaster Dr Yves Rees in conversation with Clair Halliday, to talk about All About Yves. This special live event will explore Dr Yves Rees’ timely, honest and thought provoking memoir about the trans experience.

Quotes attributable to Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:
“We’re looking forward to celebrating the lives of LGBTQIA+ people across the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston this IDAHOBIT.
“I am proud to represent a Council that supports diversity. Having a community where everyone feels valued, supported and safe is at the heart of everything we do. 
“We stand with our LGBTQIA+ community and stand up to all forms of discrimination across the Peninsula.”
Quotes attributable to Frankston City Council Mayor Councillor Nathan Conroy:
“Diversity is such an important part of what makes Frankston City special and we encourage all to join our IDAHOBIT events to support and celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community members.
“Let’s come together and show the world that the Frankston community is a welcoming one, where discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.
“As a sign of support for our local LGBTQIA+ community, we fly the Rainbow Flag all year around. I look forward to joining with you to celebrate IDAHOBIT 2022 with our annual flag raising event.”





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