Opinion

Strong community support for LGBTQI+

By Shepparton News

It was fantastic to see Shepparton once again show its incredible support for the LGBTQI+ community last week.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia was celebrated at La Trobe University’s Shepparton campus thanks to the hard work of many community organisations and groups.

Greater Shepparton has a fantastic reputation for supporting the LBGTQI+ community and it is a direct result of the likes of Goulburn Valley Pride, Uniting and several other groups that ensure this is the case.

From the fantastic Out in the Open event in November to events such as IDAHOBIT Day, there are so many people working hard to make the LGBTQI+ community feel supported.

There is such a need for this to happen due to the severe discrimination experienced throughout history.

It was as recently as 1990, just under 30 years ago, when homosexuality was declassified as a mental health disorder by the World Health Organisation.

And with alarming statistics such as 24 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults and youths experiencing depression compared with 7 per cent for the general population it is clear these days of support are needed.

When speaking with members of the LGBQTI+ community, many say that there has been much awareness raised around homosexuality and bisexaulity while other members often felt more discriminated against.

The News commends the hard work of all organisations involved — 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 for hosting such an amazing event.

We hope IDAHOBIT Day continues to be celebrated with such gusto in the Shepparton community.