The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) is a day to bring together the community to both raise awareness of the treatment of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people around the world but also join in the celebration of this diverse culture.
This year, for the third time running, the Brisbane Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex and Queer Action Group (BLAG) is set to host the IDAHOT across two separate days: Sunday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 17. Both days are designed to encapsulate what makes the LGBTI people great and spread the love throughout the community.
Sunday will see entertainment and free stalls spread around Queens Park (Elizabeth Street, opposite Treasury Casino), followed by a memorial service at King George Square featuring a giant rainbow flag (loaned by Brisbane Pride Festival) at 1.15pm. The service is to be hosted by Civil Celebrant Gai Lemon.
Tuesday is full of excitement with the Story Bridge and also, for the first time, the Victoria Bridge, illuminated in rainbow lights in commemoration of IDAHOT, commencing 5.30pm and 7.30pm, respectively. But in between bridges the Action Group is set to project a rainbow lightshow on City Hall at 7pm.
So, why not join in the excitement and reflection? Be a part of something great and make sure the stitching between every kind of person and every kind of flag stays strong.
Words by Chris Seydel