May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT*). Started in 1990 and adapted to advocate for protection of the larger community over the years, this is a day that calls LGBTQIA+ people and their allies to action. Commit some time today to learning about the issues facing the community where you are, considering how you can get involved, and connecting with organizations supporting folks in your town or state.
In recent months it’s become apparent that hateful rhetoric, discrimination, violence, and carefully planned legislative attacks are on the rise. Room for All is currently working to develop a new training opportunity designed to establish understanding and equip people to respond to these situations in our families, communities, and on social media. Addressing Anti-LGBTQIA+ Rhetoric will join already existing educational offerings, including Coming Out Conversations, and Into Transition. To learn more about hosting one of these trainings or participating in future open sessions, contact Mitch at Mitch@RoomforAll.com.
Another great way to take action is to find ways to support local LGBTQIA+ programs and movements. This map by the ACLU is currently tracking 474 harmful bills in the U.S., and can give you current information about what’s happening in your state. Centerlink maintains a directory of local resource centers, many of whom are rallying as well as planning upcoming Pride events. Check your news and social media to find out what’s coming up in your region, and consider volunteering or donating to support these efforts.
Room for All envisions a future in which violence against people of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities, races, abilities, and ages comes to an end. By continuing to work together to strengthen, uplift, and affirm the diverse members of God’s family, we take a few steps closer to that day.
*From may17.org: “Important note: Events around 17 May go by different names and acronyms, and that’s okay. The Committee who started working around the date back in 2004 currently uses IDAHOBIT, and will therefore use the hashtags #IDAHOBIT and #IDAHOBIT2023
Although we have seen the translation of the “I” as “intersexism,” this is a term considered to be vague and misleading. After consulting with Intersex organisations, we ask everyone to please refrain from using this term and use the term “intersexphobia” instead. Also note that the name of the Day does not currently include “intersexphobia,” as there is no global consensus among Intersex communities that this should be included in the remit of 17 May.”