City of Whittlesea chief executive Craig Lloyd and chair administrator Lydia Wilson at last week’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia event. ​

THE City of Whittlesea last week flew the flag for equality, in recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia, IDAHOBIT.

Council raised the rainbow flag in a ceremony on May 17, designed to showcase its support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer, LGBTIQ, community of the City of Whittlesea.

Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the event supported council’s Whittlesea 2040 vision to create ‘A place for all’.

“We are actively working to ensure everyone in our community feels seen and included,” she said.

“IDAHOBIT is just one example of how we can publicly show our support for those who have been marginalised in the past by our society.”

IDAHOBIT celebrates LGBTIQ people around the world and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination.
Council hosted its event in partnership with DPV Health and included the launch of the video ‘You are who you say you are’ and a question and answer panel.

“While there is more we are doing to ensure our community is supported through policy and action, raising a flag is an important symbolic gesture that means so much to our LGBTIQ community,” Ms Wilson said.

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