A free community barbecue was held at Macquarie Lions Park on May 17 to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
IDAHOBIT is an important date for LGBTIQ+ communities and their allies to unite in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
The IDAHOBIT theme for 2019 is 'Justice and Protection for All', in recognition that in many places around the world, LGBTIQ people still face injustice and live in fear and danger.
The local event was hosted by the Central West Rainbow Alliance.
Not only did it allow residents to pledge their support for the LGBTIQ+ communities, but it also aimed to shine a light on the importance of justice and protection for all.
To help celebrate the day, a number of Dubbo support services attended to provide members of the community with a range of information including Orana Support Services, Welways, headspace, Interrelate and Dubbo Sexual Health.
Axeris Sondyre from the Central West Rainbow Alliance said the day celebrates the great advances we have had against stamping out homophobia, biphobia, interphobia and transphobia but also shined a light on the continued struggles.
"There's still a lot to do," he said.
"But it's really good to see local services out here.. they're all here supporting us today, it's with that support that we can actually push further and keep up the fight."
Mr Sondyre said the day was "absolutely" important for those in Dubbo within the LGBTIQ+ community who too often feel marginalised because of their sexuality and where they live.
"Not only marginalised because of their sexuality but also how far removed they are from a lot of services. It's a good day to just get people together and celebrating shared victories and also acknowledging the struggles still to come," he said.
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Mr Sondrye said it was great to see people stop by in their work breaks and have a chat about the day.
"There's been people coming by to all of the stalls, interacting with a lot of services that they might not have gone to before," he said.
"It's days like this where you actually have those conversations about hat we've done as a community but there are still many issues affecting our community within schools, workplaces."
Mr Sondrye said trans, inter-sex, bi people and many others are still so marginalised so it was good to have that conservation starter during IDAHOBIT.
The Central West Rainbow Alliance organises Dubbo's Pride March which will be held in October 2019.
Mr Sondrye said while they're still yet to nail down a date, it will be held in early October.
"We're starting to organise for that now. So something we're doing here is having those discussions," he added.
"A lot of new people are coming in, (we're) touching base with them and we want as many people with us to join in and organise that for October. It's going to be really exciting."