Celebrating diversity and inclusion with pride

From 12pm-2pm this Wednesday 20 May, the University will celebrate IDAHOT Day (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) with a barbecue fundraiser and interactive activities.

Senior Equity and Diversity Officer Daniel O’Neill explains Macquarie has a strong commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion on campus, including our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer staff and student community.

IDAHOT Day is celebrated every year on 17 May to recognise the day homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation’s list of diseases and mental illnesses. This year marks the fifth annual IDAHOT Day celebration at Macquarie.

“It is important we acknowledge and reaffirm our shared support of events such as IDAHOT Day. It is a reminder for us to celebrate diversity and inclusion with pride,” said Daniel.

Daniel says this is an opportunity for all of us to stand together in solidarity with all our students and colleagues.

“Staff can show their commitment to a truly inclusive community just by coming along or providing a gold coin donation,” he said.

The campus celebration is presented and supported by a variety of people across campus, including QueerSpace, the student Queer Collective, Campus Engagement and the Equity and Diversity Unit, as well as support from external community organisations including Twenty10 and Wear It Purple.

When: Wednesday 20 May
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Where: Central Courtyard