South Australians urged to reject homophobia
Communities and Social Inclusion Zoe Bettison Minister is calling on South Australians to recognise today's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Minister Bettison said the day is part of a global movement towards acceptance of others and the celebration of resilience.
"I encourage all South Australians to use IDAHOT Day to celebrate the diversity we enjoy today, and to collectively condemn the discrimination still experienced by many in our community because of their sex, sexuality and gender identity," Ms Bettison said.
"IDAHOT Day is recognised on 17 May each year to commemorate the World Health Organisation's removal of homosexuality from the list of mental disorders on that date in 1990.
"In 2015, IDAHOT is focused on empowering young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer people, to demand their fundamental human right to be who they are.
"As individuals we each deserve to express ourselves and live in a society that values, respects and celebrates our diversity.
"Today we strive to create safe and inclusive communities, embrace our differences and ensure that no one experiences the pain of marginalisation, stigma, discrimination and social exclusion."
Minister Bettison said that it had been 12 months since the launch of the State Government's South Australian Strategy for the Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer People 2014- 2016.
"This strategy was the first of its kind for our state, and an important milestone towards greater equality," she said.
"Over the past 12 months I have seen the difference this strategy has made in addressing many of the barriers faced by LGBTIQ communities. It has increased awareness and given rise to greater support for LGBTIQ projects and support organisations."
For further information about the South Australian Strategy for the Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer People 2014-2016, visit www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/about-us/key-strategies-and-plans.
Further information about IDAHOT can be found at www.dayagainsthomophobia.org.