Sheffield will mark IDAHOBIT with a ‘one minute noise’ in Peace Gardens

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.

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