Today marks IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia) and the UN has released a heart warming video encompassing this year’s theme of “Alliances for Solidarity” recognising that we are stronger together.
Being an ally is about more than silent acceptance. It’s about being there for your lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours. It’s about striving to understand their experiences and helping them to understand yours. It’s about supporting one another in times of need. It’s about setting a positive example for others. And most importantly, it’s about creating a more inclusive and loving society where everyone is valued, no matter who they are or whom they love. You can support this campaign by watching and sharing the video athttps://www.unfe.org/bethere/
You can also find lots of great events and important information on IDAHOT on their official website at https://dayagainsthomophobia.org/
To coincide with IDAHOT, ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) has published their annual rainbow map of Europe and whilst there have been some improvements a lot of the European countries are still violating basic human rights daily and this map goes to show that there is plenty of progress still to be made before we can say that we fully respect the human rights of all our LGBT+ family. You can find the 2018 map at https://www.ilga-europe.org/sites/default/files/Attachments/side_a_rainbow_europe_map_-2018_a3_web.png
Finally, UNISON, also has some great resources (such as the how to be a good ally to Trans* people leaflet) and information at https://www.unison.org.uk/about/what-we-do/fairness-equality/lgbt/
Dan Lernihan (Pronouns: He/Him)
Branch LGBT Representative
Goldsmiths UNISON Branch