GOTAFE celebrates IDAHOBIT
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex discrimination & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTIQ+ people globally and raises awareness of the work still needed to combat the ongoing discrimination against these communities.
GOTAFE marked IDAHOBIT at the Fryers St Shepparton Campus, hosting a range of activities, stalls, free food, and live music.
“Ongoing discrimination experienced by LGBTIQ+ people can have a negative impact on their mental health, wellbeing, and access to education,” said Travis Heeney, GOTAFE.
“IDAHOBIT is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our LGBTIQ+ community and draw attention to the support services available here at GOTAFE.
“We believe everyone should be able to bring their whole self to campus, whether you are a student, visitor or staff member. GOTAFE is committed to providing safe and accessible spaces for all, regardless of gender, orientation or background.”
GOTAFE was proud to host the community event held in collaboration with many local pride and youth organisations including Headspace, The Bridge Youth Services, The Orange Door, GV Pride, The Diversity Project, Uniting Care, Vincent Care and was supported by Greater Shepparton City Council.
GOTAFE is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and was the first TAFE to implement a social justice charter. Since then, GOTAFE has implemented a number of support systems for our LGBTIQ+ community including permanently raising the Rainbow Flag at all campuses as a symbol of inclusion and safety, and developing gender affirmation procedures so transgender and gender diverse students can have confidence that they can be themselves in the classroom and on campus.