International day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia is celebrated every year on May 17! This day aims to
draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements,
the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced
by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) people. On May 17 people all over the world will stand in support of LGBTIQ+ mates, colleagues and families.
These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia can occur online, face to face and affect everyone by creating spaces where people feel unsafe and like they can’t be themselves. Sexuality and gender identity or intersex status aren’t always visible, so creating a culture where everyone feels safe, even if there aren’t any visible LGBTIQ+ people is even more important.
So what can you do? If you would like to take part, or discover ways to celebrate, join in an event happening on a CSU campus, or take a look at the Get Active page on the IDAHOBIT Australia website. An easy way to be involved this May 17 is to Go Rainbow, and spread love! If you would like more information about IDAHOBIT Day or LGBTIQ+ people, check out the International Day Against Homophobia website, or take a look at some of the great Library resources available through Primo Search, including Journals such as:
- Journal of Homosexuality, Binghampton, N.Y. : Haworth press
- Journal of Gay and Lesbian mental health, Philadelphia, PA : Routledge
- Gay Times, London : Millivres Ltd
- GLQ, Durham, NC : Duke University Press
- Journal of the History of Sexuality, Chicago Ill. : University of Chicago Press
If you need any help using Primo Search or accessing these resources, please contact us at the Library. For more information about the what CSU does to support our LGBTIQ+ staff and students, please check out the CSU Ally Support Program page.