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Australian Defence Force to celebrate inclusion at IDAHOBIT events

DEFGLIS members celebrate LGBTI diversity on IDAHOBIT
The Defence Department is celebrating LGBTI inclusion through multiple events to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May.

On 17 May 1990, the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization approved the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, which no longer listed homosexuality as a diagnosis. International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) Launched in 2004 to celebrate LGBTIQ people globally.

The Defence organisation communicates respect for all of its members regardless of the sexual orientation and gender identity. Defence Leadership has acknowledged inclusion as a fundamental step in creating an environment in which all personnel are valued, supported and empowered to contribute, develop and succeed in delivering Defence capability and national security.

Air Commodore Geoffrey Harland spoke of the commitment from Defence leadership, in his position as Director General Personnel - Air Force. "We are committed to a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. The celebration of IDAHOBIT shows our commitment to our people, valuing their commitment and empowering them to succeed. This environment enables our people to achieve their best, allowing us to achieve our mission as an innovative master." said Harland.

Defence units are celebrating IDAHOBIT through morning teas and barbeque events. Defence personnel can attend any event listed below:

 Base Location Date  Timings
 RAAF Base Amberley 35 Squadron 16 May 19  1600h
 Russell Offices R1 Courtyard 17 May 19 1030-1130h
 RAAF Base Darwin Chaplaincy Centre 17 May 19  1000h
 RAAF Base Williamtown Chaplaincy Centre  17 May 19  1000h
 RAAF Base Wagga Building 442 (RAAFSALT) 17 May 19  1100-1200h
 RAAF Base East Sale Officers Mess (All welcome) 17 May 19  1000h


The IDAHOBIT organisation has outlined simple steps to combat homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and interphobia, and urges supporters to discuss this in their workplaces, with their managers and teams.

1. SPEAK UP - Challenge homophobic, biphobic, intersexist, and transphobic language and behaviour when you feel safe to do so.

2. EDUCATE YOURSELF - On the experiences of LGBTI people by reading up and attending professional development and training.

3. CELEBRATE LGBTI DIVERSITY - Be proactive and support programs and events that celebrate LGBTI diversity.

4. SUPPORT - Run fundraisers, donate or sign up for workplace organisations that support LGBTI people.
Further information on IDAHOBIT can be found here.
Photo by James Smith for DEFGLIS
15 May 19
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