Take part in IDAHOBIT 2020 virtually!

The International Day against Homophobia Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) takes place on Sunday 17 May. The theme this year ‘Breaking the Silence’.

To help people mark the day during lockdown, the council’s LGBTQ Workers Forum and The Rainbow Hub have worked together to present an online community event you can take part in. 


Celebrations include an online performance from Nicky Michel to fundraise for the Rainbow Hub.

There’s also an invitation for everyone to produce their own bespoke IDAHOBIT event, in their street, garden, kitchen or bedroom. 

Musician and singer songwriter Nicky, who also volunteers for the Rainbow Hub, will be hosting an online ‘Songs of Protest & Pride’ IDAHOBIT performance. 

The event starts at 3pm and can be seen at www.facebook.com/nickymitchellmusic.

Colour in and share your poster 

Author and illustrator Shanni Collins has created our #VirtualIDAHOBIT2020 poster, which you can download, colour in and share online.

Send in your photos holding up your poster, and the LGBTQ Workers Forum will tweet them out throughout the day on Sunday.   

A5, A4 huge or small, print it out and colour it in, make it loud and proud! Share it with friends and groups you support, ask them to join in and email us the photos and post them on social media on 17 May. 

On Sunday, put it in your window to share with the world. We will tweet images & videos across the day and throughout the following week. 

Tweet it to @LGBTQI using the hashtag #VirtualIDAHOBIT2020 or email us at LGBTQWorkersForum@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Or draw your own #VirtualIDAHOBIT2020 poster and take a photo to share! 

Or share your film…

You can also join in by: 

  • Sharing a 30 second film of yourself ‘Queering up your space!’
  • Taking an LGBTQ flag on your daily exercise and filming yourself waving it! 
  • Sharing a 30 second film of you waving an LGBTQi flag in your street, garden or kitchen.
  • Using #VirtualIDAHOBIT2020 for your social media posts

Supporting IDAHOBIT

Councillor Carmen Appich, the proposed incoming chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, said: “We fully support International Day against Homophobia Biphobia and Transphobia. 

“Prejudice still exists everywhere and events like this play an important role in reminding us that there's still work to do. We do not tolerate any form of hate in Brighton & Hove.

“Like many other events, it’s needed some adjustment this year. I’m pleased our LGBTQ Workers Forum and the Rainbow Hub have been able to come up with such a creative way to help people show their support while keeping themselves safe.”

Carolyn Ansell, manager of The Rainbow Hub, said: “Everybody matters in our LGBTQ community; all have the right to live free from persecution and inequality, from fear and violence. 

“For this reason, The Rainbow Hub Brighton is proud to support IDAHOBIT 2020 and to celebrate global diversity in partnership with the LGBTQ Workers’ Forum.”

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