Staff and learners from the Grimsby Institute recently celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO Day) with a conference at the Nunsthorpe Community Campus.
IDAHO Day is an International day held in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) members of the community and stands for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transgenderphobia. The celebration is always held on May 17th and marks the day that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990.
The conference saw a variety of guest speakers sharing their experiences as community members who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and those who are Questioning their sexuality (LGBTQ) and saw the President of the Student Union.
Aretha Kay, Grimsby Institute’s Equality & Diversity Coordinator, said: “We are committed to equality for all, especially in light of the fact that in almost 80 countries around the world, LGBTQ relationships are still considered illegal, at times involving lifetime imprisonment. In seven countries, it is even punishable by death. Even though equality for LGBTQ people living in the UK has improved through changes to legislation, many people still face discrimination and are victims of hate crime, which remains under reported nationally.
“In promoting IDAHO we seek to eliminate homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, harassment, victimisation and hate crime. Our aim, in collaboration with our community partners, is to celebrate the lives of LGBTQ people who are vulnerable to isolation, often leading to self harm, suicide or underachievement.”