Unfiltered Thoughts: IDAHOBIT

Imagine a world where every person, regardless of who they love, feels safe, respected, and valued. This vision is at the heart of IDAHOBIT, May 17. This day marks the historic moment in 1990 when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. Despite this progress, over two decades later, LGBTQIA+ communities continue to face significant discrimination and abuse. In fact, 2 in 3 LGBTQIA+ youth report experiencing abuse simply because of their identity.

LGBTQIA+ individuals still endure higher rates of bullying, harassment, and discrimination across the globe. This is why IDAHOBIT is so crucial – it’s a day to champion inclusion, raise awareness, and fight for the rights and dignity of LGBTQIA+ people everywhere.

We want to hear from you! Why does IDAHOBIT matter to you? Share your unfiltered thoughts and join us in the ongoing battle for equality and acceptance. Together, we can create a world where everyone can live authentically and freely.

 

 

This following unfiltered thoughts may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services.

 

You Must Be This Gay to Enter

Drunk guy at gay bar stumbles over to me)

‘Are you straight?’ He slurs with suspicion.

‘I’m pansexual’ I reply.

(Drunk guy stumbles off in disgust)

I was left standing there assessing my attire for that evening. ‘Do I look queer enough to be here?’ I asked myself. I can’t say I generally see straight people dressed in floral jeans, pink corduroy jackets with fingernails to match. But hang on, isn’t that just perpetuating a stereotype? I remembered I didn’t pick my clothes because I wanted to look gay af (although some nights, this one included, I do), but because I wanted to look my own definition of cool. In other words, me.
If the queer community really wants to change societal attitudes, we must stop giving into the cliché’s society has tried to dictate for us. Self-expression is a fundamental of the LGBTQI+ community, something generations have fought for, and enforcing a uniform would undermine that.

We must ask ourselves as community ‘do we want equality, or revenge?’

AJ (he/him), 26 WA 

 

The Marginalised Voices 

“I’m an ally,” they say, followed by a snide remark about how ‘the gays’ are ‘surprisingly lovely people’ and that they ‘never would have guessed’ that Alexander down the street used it be an Alexandra.

The world as it exists today claims fairness. It claims acceptance and equality and justice and harmony. Yet we are far from a place in which stigma’s grip does not crush the petals of diversity.

People in positions of power use rainbow bandaids to hide wounds that cut deep. We hang flags and don apparel throughout the month of June only to throw it in the garbage on the 1st of July. Hate speech is filtered and encoded into subtle forms that stab in the back as opposed to the gut.

We wrap rainbows over problems and shove them where they cannot be seen, heard or remembered.

It is left to us – the marginalised voices – to fight. To rally and connect and unite into one to create a driving force for change. To be our own advocates and forge a path into a more accepting world for many to join in years to come.

This is our movement. It is our achievement. It is our International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia

Rachael (she/her), 21 WA 

 

Why IDAHOBIT is Important to Me

IDAHOBIT matters a lot to me as a transgender woman as I have always struggled with knowing who I am. From a young age, there were early signs that I was actually a girl mentally, but I was made to suppress it and was basically indoctrinated to believe that thinking so was something to be ashamed of. I loved trying on my sister’s clothes back then, and even tried to give myself more feminine names. I was made to act and present myself more masculine and was told this would be good for me.

However, I was dying inside.

I never could be truly satisfied with myself no matter what I did. Eventually when I turned 14, my mental health dwindled and I have even attempted suicide on three different occasions. The first two were botched attempts before I realised who I was while the third happened after the realisation and was stopped because I resisted the urge myself.

Being myself was what truly saved my life.

As hateful rhetoric rises against people like me who just want to live their lives in peace, I feel IDAHOBIT is more important than ever as I still face abuse for my gender identity to this very day. My community is at great risk of homelessness, murder, rape and suicide due to society’s stigmas against us and as hate rises, it’s only going to get worse so awareness of this sort of thing is necessary so we can fight it and get the lives we truly deserve.

Daisy (She/her), 24 WA 

 

 

 

 

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