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Celebrate International Day Against LGBTQIA+ Discrimination on 17 May.

We invite community members to join us as we proudly raise the rainbow flag at Council office in Torquay (1 Merrijig Drive).

Join us at 10am on Friday 17 May for the flag-raising ceremony, followed by morning tea. The event will finish at 11am.

Wear rainbow!

Wearing a rainbow signals to others that you'll respect their LGBTQIA+ identity.

Youth event

We'll also celebrate IDAHOBIT with another event that will welcome local young people. There will be conversations abouthow to be an ally, awareness raising on LGBTQIA+ issues, and information sharing about where and how to access local support services. This is an invitation-only event. Seeking more details or interested in attending? Contact Surf Coast Youth.

What is IDAHOBIT and why is it important?

According to Minus18, on May 17, 1990 the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases. While this milestone and other advancements in LGBTQIA+ equality are celebrated, the unfortunate reality is that there's still more work to do.

LGBTQIA+ people in Australia still today experience disproportionate rates of bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Learn more 

Support services

If you or someone you know is seeking support relevant to LGBTQIA+ people, their families and friends, please contact one of the national support services:

  • Qlife — Australia-wide anonymous and free LGBTI peer support for people wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. Call 1800 184 527 or webchat at (3pm-12am AEST).
  • Minus 18 — Resources help and guidance for Australia's LGBTIQ youth.
  • LGBTIQ+ Health Australia — The national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on LGBTIQ+ people and communities.
  • Black Rainbow — Australia's leading Indigenous suicide prevention and mental health support source for LGBTQ+ people.
  • PFLAG Australia — A national organisation that supports parents and families of LGBTQIA+ children of all ages.
  • Trans Pride Australia — Social and support group for trans and gender diverse people and their loved ones.
  • Transcend Australia — National peer support network and community for parents and carers supporting their trans, gender diverse and non-binary child in Australia.
  • Intersex Peer Support — An intersex peer support, information and advocacy group for people born with variations in sex characteristics.
  • Intersex Human Rights Australia — Support and education by and for people with intersex variation traits.
  • Australian Asexuals — A place to connect with the Australian asexual community and find out more about asexuality.

Support services listing is courtesy of Respect 2040.


  • Friday, 17 May 2024 | 10:00 AM


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