17 May 2019
Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
At Austin Health we're committed to providing the best possible care to everyone in our community and we asked some of our staff what IDAHOBIT day means to them.
Ada Cheung, Consultant Endocrinologist
"We all deserve to feel safe. To go about our daily lives being our authentic selves; without fear of violence, abuse, judgement or discrimination from others. Unfortunately, this is sadly not reality for many trans people in our community. IDAHOBIT is a celebration of diversity, of inclusion, acceptance, respect and about living life without barriers."
Mel, Austin Health staff member
"IDAHOBIT is a very powerful day for me. It is a time to stand in pride and solidarity with my community, a time to celebrate our amazing strength and diversity, and to celebrate the gains we have made in the long road to equality and acceptance. But it is also a time to remember those of our community who are unable to openly celebrate this day. And to remember those who live where it is illegal to be LGBTIQ+, face the death penalty, day to day threats of violence or unwanted medical interventions. And, of course, it is a time to remember those that have lost their lives.
"But those thoughts always bring me back to that amazing strength that is a hallmark of our community and that we must keep working for change, here and elsewhere in the world because that change won't happen on its own, it will only happen when each and every one of us starts to make it happen."
"IDAHOBIT Day is an opportunity to remember that with all our differences, we have created an amazing world. To remember that each of us has a right to fairness, to respect and to safety. To live our lives in peace and harmony, caring for the welfare of our neighbours and our community.
"Let us make IDAHBOT Day the beginning of an era in which we stop our silly nonsense of judging people by their differences, and embracing them for their unique and valuable selves."
Staff and patients recently contributed to a piece of artwork named ‘Strand By Me'.
The artwork was facilitated by the Banyule City Council and gave people the opportunity to share messages of support on strands of rainbow coloured fabric which has been pulled together into a large tapestry.
Some of the messages included:
- "We are all part of the rainbow - stand together, love together."
- "You are us. We support you. Love is love!"
- "People are people, all beautiful in their own way."
- "We are equal."
Austin Health staff and Banyule City Council staff facilitated the "Strand by me" artwork session.
Members of the Austin Health community shared messages of support for the LGBTIQ+ community.