International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)
IDAHO Day is the most important date for GLBTI communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale. Created in 2004, IDAHO Day draws the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination GLBTI communities experience. In 2013 the day was celebrated in 120 different countries. IDAHO Day is held on May 17 to commemorate the World Health Organisation's decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. For more information about IDAHO Day visit the Official Global Wesbite
In 2014 Banyule City Council celebrated IDAHO Day with two public events - a flag raising morning tea and a cocktail evening. The flag raising gave opportunity to hear personal experiences from members of the community and other guest speakers. The cocktail event was hosted in the McCubbin room and featured comedian Joel Creasey and folk duo fronted by Rosie Burgess.
Midsumma, Melbourne's annual Queer Celebration, is a federation of arts and cultural events spread over 85 different venues throughout Melbourne and Regional Victoria. The festival is presented over three weeks from mid January to February and, having been held annually since 1988. The festival brings a diverse mix of artists and performers together under a single umbrella for an impassioned celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture. For more information visit the Midsumma website
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Held annually in March, the MQFF first screened in 1991 and has continued every year since. The festival is the oldest queer film festival in Australia and one of the oldest queer film festivals in the world. It is the largest queer film festival in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as being the second largest film festival in Victoria. For more information visit the MQFF website
Pride March Victoria recognises and celebrates the people and events that inspire the courage, solidarity, pride, diversity and strong sense of community of Victoria's gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender people. We organise cultural activities that bring our community together in a safe and positive environment. The annual Pride March is our signature event and is held on the first Sunday in February. It celebrates a bright future while preserving our history. It is a key date on Victoria's cultural calendar and a destination for interstate and international visitors. For more information visit the Pride March Victoria website.
Projects & Resources
Banyule Queer Sphere
The Queer Sphere is a safe space for young people to be themselves regardless of gender or sexuality. Young people aged 14-25 are welcome to come along, hang out, meet like-minded people, get support from youth workers and be themselves. The space invites young GLBTQI people and their supporters who live, work and play in Banyule to engage in fun activities and to learn new things while connecting to others in the community.
For more information contact Richo at:
Richo Euston @ Banyule Youth Services
p: 9457 9907
m: 0402 389 862
fb: Richo – Banyule
Fair Go, Sport
Research shows sport is a significant site of homophobic harassment, discrimination and exclusion.The Australian Government report, The future of sport in Australia, identified the need to understand these issues and create new opportunities for inclusion and participation.
With this in mind, the Australian Sports Commission funded Fair go, sport! in 2010.
This project aims to:
increase awareness of sexual and gender diversity
promote safe and inclusive environments
develop a flexible model of engagement that can be adapted for other sporting codes and their governing bodies.
Minus 18 TV
MinusTV is a video platform, reaching an international audience. The videos range from vox-pops, information and snapshots of Minus18 events, as well as advice and educational resources. Young people from all over Australia seek support, hear the stories of other queer young people, or even just have a laugh discretely, building their confidence and sense of empowered.
For more links and resources please visit the GLBTI Services and Links page