Each year headspace Bathurst celebrates International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17 and this year a special event will be held in the Student Hub at Bathurst TAFE Western College.
IDAHOT is a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. This year IDAHOT will be celebrated by headspace with support from their Youth Reference Group and SPECTRUM Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Social Group and TAFE Western.
SPECTRUM will be hosting a morning tea on May 17 from 10.30am to raise awareness and understanding of the LGBTIQ spectrum. This event is free for 16 – 25 year olds and their families.
“We’re encouraging the Bathurst community to take a visible stance against harassment and discrimination. As well as a spread of delicious food, we’ll have a stall with information on sexuality and mental health, gender identity and mental health and sex and sexual health,” Karen Golland headspace Bathurst Community and Youth Engagement Coordinator said.
TAFE Western Bathurst College Student Engagement Officer Angela Trevor-Jones said the organisation was thrilled to be partnering with headspace Bathurst to support IDAHOT.
“At TAFE Western we pride ourselves on offering training, education and positive outcomes for people from all walks of life. We are very pleased to throw our support behind IDAHOT and join in the stance against discrimination.”
On the day there will be a screening of the Australian documentary, Gayby Baby, which follows the lives of four kids – Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham – whose parents all happen to be gay. As they each wrestle with personal change, the outside world wrestles with the issue of marriage equality, and whether or not kids of same-sex families are at risk.
Other activities include a badge making stall where people can create positive messages about mental health and wellbeing and wear them with pride.
The SPECTRUM LGBTIQ Social Group meets each fortnight at headspace Bathurst and if anyone is interested in attending, speak to Karen Golland at headspace Bathurst.
If you are having a tough time, visit the headspace Bathurst centre on Havannah St, or contact (02) 6338 1100.