Imagine being the new kid at school, or starting a new job where you don’t know anyone and they don’t know you. Now imagine doing that but with something about you that you have not shared with many people or maybe no one else at all. For many of us, we have things that make us unique and different, we may be Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex or one of many other identities that make us the people that we are, and going into a new environment where we need to share that with new people can be overwhelming.
This reason, and many others is why we need days like the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), which is held annually on the May 17. IDAHOBIT was started on May 17 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.
These events help to educate people and raise awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination.
Being able to be yourself at work is so important, as it allows you to be comfortable in your weaknesses, bold in your strengths and fabulous in yourself.
The message to all, whether you are LGBTIQ+, an Ally, or just someone seeking to learn and grow is this…. Be bold, Be fun, Be dramatic, but most off all be kind to yourself (and others), always.