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Celebrating IDAHOBIT in Mitchell Shire

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Wednesday, May 17 is International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia, IDAHOBIT.

The day draws attention to the harmful consequences of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and to promote a world of tolerance, respect, awareness and freedom.

To acknowledge, support and share awareness of IDAHOBIT, Mitchell Shire Council is organising free community events.

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There will be a coffee with a cop session at Wallan Library at Wellington Square Shopping Centre, Wallan, from 10am to 11.30am on May 17.

People can join the proactive policing unit for free coffee, free Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse, Intersex, Queer, LGBTIQ+, merchandise and to view artworks created by local LGBTIQ+ community members.

There will also be activities at council youth rooms during May for people aged 12 to 18 years, including a tie dye workshop, ice-cream, music, snacks and games:

Broadford Youth Room, 52 High Street, Broadford, from 3.30pm to 5pm on May 15;

Seymour Youth Room, front room of Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre, from 3.30pm to 5pm on May 16;

Wallan Youth Room, 42 Bentinck Street, Wallan, from 3.30pm to 5pm on May 17.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Fiona Stevens said council would display rainbow flags at community centres and customer and library services during the week.

By flying the rainbow flag, council aims to acknowledge and celebrate LGBTIQ+ people as an integral part of the local community and publicly stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

“In Mitchell Shire we welcome everyone. Diversity is a part of life and understanding, respect and inclusion contribute to making where we live a nice place to be,” she said.

“Everyone has something to add to the changing tapestry of our community, and we welcome and support participation from all who wish to make Mitchel Shire their place to work, visit or live.”

Council also strongly encourages the use of support networks if required, such as the state-wide support network Switchboard Victoria, which provides peer-driven support services for the LGBTIQ+ people and their families as well as allies and the broader community.

Visit council’s event calendar and the Mitchell Youth Services Facebook page for more information.

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