Today, our offices go rainbow to acknowledge and commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
IDAHOBIT commemorates 17 May 1990: the day that the World Health Organisation officially removed homosexuality from its classification as a medical disease. In the 28 years since then, slow but significant progress has been made in promoting the human rights of LGBTIQ people in Australia and worldwide. Homosexuality was fully decriminalised in Australia in 1997, and just last year it became legal for same-sex couples to adopt children and marry across Australia.
However, IDAHOBIT is also a day to recognise the challenges still faced by the LGBTIQ community. Today and every day, LGBTIQ people and allies continue to press for rights, recognition and respect.
Hall & Wilcox recognises LGBTIQ inclusion as a key aspect of its broader commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion. Some of the ways we have supported and celebrated the LGBTIQ community in the following ways:
- We provided ongoing pro bono and secretarial support to our major pro bono partner, the Victorian Pride Centre Ltd.
- We participate in the LGBTIQ Interfirm Network where we can exchange ideas, information and resources, discuss issues and hear from guest speakers about the latest research, government initiatives or community information.
We are also proud of our people who passionately advocate for the LGBTIQ community in their own time:
I’m a Chair of the Minus18 Foundation, Australia’s leading organisation for LGBTIQ young people. It’s given me the opportunity to help shape the strategy and future of a brilliant, exciting organisation – but it’s also a practical way for me to support fellow young people in my LGBTIQ community.
Gemma Hallett, Law Graduate