International Day Against LGBTQIA+ Discrimination

On 17 May we acknowledge IDAHOBIT as a day for communities to go rainbow, and stand up against discrimination.

Whether you’re part of the LGTBQIA+ community or you’re an ally – we stand together.

Why 17 May? This date commemorates the anniversary the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990. Prior to this, homosexuality was classified globally as a mental illness.  


IDAHOBIT has two main purposes:

  1. An opportunity to celebrate the pride and allyship of the people who have worked to build equality around the world.
  2. To raise awareness of the discrimination LGBTQIA+ people still face today

Australia-wide research conducted by La Trobe University highlights the prevalence of discrimination still occuring around our country:

  • 2 in 3 LGBTQIA+ youth experience harassment or abuse due to their identity. That’s 66% of our young people.
  • A study of almost 7,000 LGBTQIA+ people of all ages in Australia found that 1 in 3 people have experienced verbal abuse in the past 12 months because of their identity. This includes insults, humiliation and threats, just for being who they are. 

Rainbow Shopfronts Competition

Sunbury Cobaw Community Health are inviting local businesses and community groups to decorate their shop windows and foyers in rainbows in support of the LGBTIQA+ community.

Find out more

Free entry to pools and fitness centres / rainbow rounds

Wear rainbow colours and get free entry to pools and fitness centres

Our fitness and aquatic centres are offering free entry to all users who wear rainbow colours on 17 May.

This offer is valid on Friday 17 May 2024 at:

  • Gisborne Aquatic Centre
  • Gisborne Fitness Centre
  • Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre.

Rainbow Rounds

In the lead up to IDAHOBIT Day, Buffalo Sports Stadium, Romsey Recreation Centre and Riddells Creek Leisure Centre are going rainbow, with each facility set to host a Rainbow Round for netball, futsal and basketball competitions.

What's on

There are a range of events planned during May. Details will be published below as information becomes available.

These events and initiatives are proudly supported by Council, Sunbury Cobaw Community HealthKyneton Community House and Goldfields Libraries.