Support, understanding for LGBTIQ+ people

By Tara Whitsed

The rainbow flag was raised above La Trobe University’s Shepparton campus marking International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia yesterday.

The day was recognised with a special event at the campus, hosted by La Trobe Shepparton Students’ Association, in partnership with La Trobe University Shepparton, The Ally Network at La Trobe, The Diversity Project at Uniting, VincentCare, GV CASA, GV Pride and the Bridge Youth Service.

Community development worker for Uniting’s diversity project Georgina Poort said the day was about community support for young LGBTIQ+ people and to create a wider understanding about the issues faced.

A barbecue lunch was enjoyed by attendees, who also enjoyed decorating gender bread ginger breads, donated by Higgins Bakery in Shepparton.

Event organiser for the students’ association Justine Bodde said it was important to support IDAHOBIT’s strive for equality.

Ms Bodde said it was even more relevant considering it was not until 1990 that the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Ms Poort said Australian statistics for youth in the LGBTIQA+ community were alarming.

The colourful event ran from noon until 1.30pm yesterday in the campus courtyard.