Dubbo centre hosts free IDAHOBIT community afternoon tea

RAINBOW COLOURS: Ann-Maree Hartley and nurse unit manager of Dubbo Sexual Health Margie Crowley embrace the IDAHOBIT message of "go rainbow" at the free community afternoon tea. Photo: KIM BARTLEY
RAINBOW COLOURS: Ann-Maree Hartley and nurse unit manager of Dubbo Sexual Health Margie Crowley embrace the IDAHOBIT message of "go rainbow" at the free community afternoon tea. Photo: KIM BARTLEY

The worldwide call to “go rainbow” on May 17 was heard loud and clear at a free community afternoon tea at Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday.

Colourful decorations, outfits, fruit and cake brightened the event celebrating International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) . 

May 17 is the anniversary of the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

IDAHOBIT seeks to shine a spotlight on the  violence and discrimination that LGBTIQ+ communities continue to experience around the world.

IDAHOBIT GET-TOGETHER: Trixie Watts, Gargi Ganguly, Dale Bonham and Chris Scales. Photo: KIM BARTLEY

IDAHOBIT GET-TOGETHER: Trixie Watts, Gargi Ganguly, Dale Bonham and Chris Scales. Photo: KIM BARTLEY

The HOPE program at the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre is “dedicated to working with people who experience trauma in their lives” including members of the LGBTIQA+ community, reports its clinical director Ann-Maree Hartley. 

Appointments can be made by calling the service on 1800 312 881 or by dropping into the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre at 1/80 Gipps Street.

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