Brighton & Hove City Council's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning & Intersex (LGBTQ) Workers' Forum (see website) provides networking and social opportunities, support and mentoring in partnership with the council's Communities, Equality and Third Sector Team, information and events for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, non-binary, intersex and questioning people who work for the council at all levels.
Monday 17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBiT), created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
The date was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder and is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal. Thousands of initiatives, big and small, are reported throughout the planet.
Events to mark the day were unfortunately limited again this year by Covid restrictions, but a socially distanced 'Loud and Proud' Healthwalk for a small group of members of the council’s LGBTQ Workers Forum took place from the seafront with an array of LGBTQ+ flags to show solidarity with the city’s LGBTQ+ communities and promote queer visibility for IDAHOBiT 2021.