Tomorrow is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia; or IDAHOBIT, which is a day to recognise and celebrate gender and sexual diversities around the world.
Sheffield has marked IDAHOBIT with a public rally culminating in a ‘one-minute noise’ for over 10 years and tomorrow will continue this with a rally in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield City Centre at 5.30pm.
The day is used as a platform to raise awareness of everyday difficulties for those who do not conform to sexual and gender norms.
Sheffield has multiple LGBT+ committees including The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam’s own student committees.
Member of The University of Sheffield’s LGBT Group, Alfie Robinson said: “I think it’s really important that we talk about homophobia and transphobia more openly especially in a student environment like University.
“Personally, I experience some form of Homophobia each day, most people don’t realise they are actually having an effect on people cause to them they are just having a ‘joke’ with their mates so to actually have an open conversation about the topic is hugely important.”
In the past 4 years there has been a national upwards trend in the number of LGBT+ people experiencing a hate crime or incident as a result of their gender identity.
One in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in the past year.
More@SAYiTSheffield along with @SHU_Signal_LGBT are hosting @may17IDAHOT in Sheffield, supported by @SheffCouncil and @jaxxdrayton. We look forward to welcoming all to the Peace Garden at 5.30pm. There will be a minutes noise making in celebration of Alliances for Solidarity!! pic.twitter.com/n2FLUtxVZV
— SAYiT (@SAYiTSheffield) May 11, 2018