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Join us for IDAHOBIT Day events

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Every year, 17 May is marked as the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) – a day to celebrate sexual and gender diversities.

At our University, the day is generally marked with the raising of the rainbow flag and reflections from LGBT+ community. Given the lockdown restrictions, we are organising a virtual event to mark the day on Friday 15 May (11.00-11.30 BST). If you’d like to participate in the event, please complete this short online form and we will send you an invite.

The theme of this year’s IDAHOBIT Day is ‘Breaking the silence’, encouraging communities to hear more experiences and more voices from the LGBT+ community. At our virtual event, we will hear from our own LGBT+ community. The event will be hosted by Professor Parveen Yaqoob, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and LGBT+ Champion in the University Executive Board, who will be joined by Allan Laville, our Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, and representatives from our LGBT+ Network and RUSU.

If you are unable to join us for the virtual event, you can help us in other ways. Every member of our community has a responsibility and an obligation to work in a way that creates a welcoming and inclusive environment. You can sign up to be an LGBT+ Ally by contacting our LGBT Plus Network. You can also call out bad behaviour if you witness it. More information on our #neverOK webpages.

The University has organised a Transgender Awareness Training on 18 May. It is two-hour online training that looks at the range and variety of people who identify in one way or another as Transgender. You can find more information on the training and how to book a place on UoR Learn.

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