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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) – 17 May 2020

'Contrary to the idea that this virus is ‘the great equaliser’, the pandemic is bringing into sharp focus the harsh reality that inequalities – such as those based on race, class, gender, ability and sexual orientation – mean marginalised communities are amongst the hardest hit.' Stonewall 2020

Eight Public Service agencies and employers across Derbyshire have joined together with the charity Derbyshire LGBT+ in recent years to provide a network of support to LGBT+ employees across the city and county. Together we are proud to be celebrating IDAHOBIT 2020.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

The date of May 17 was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

At DCHS we may be not be able to meet together to raise the rainbow flag as a visible sign of support this year or gather as a staff support group, but if you need support during this time or want to chat to a member of the network you can contact the network chair Lucy by emailing DCHST.LGBT@nhs.net or DM us on our Twitter account @LGBT_DCHS / https://twitter.com/LGBT_DCHS

If you feel are experiencing any type of discrimination, bullying or difficulties due to your sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or sex characteristics at work please contact our Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) Guardian Jackie Rawlings by phone 07795 293707 or email: j.rawlings@nhs.net / DCHST.raisingconcerns@nhs.net. For more information visit https://my.dchs.nhs.uk/guidance/raising-concerns
If you are needing support in your home environment regarding your Derbyshire LGBT+ continue to offer a range of support services during this time of lockdown and can be contacted by telephoning 01332 207704 or emailing - info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk
You can follow the activities of the Derbyshire wide LGBT+ network throughout the year through the Twitter hashtag #DerbysLGBTnetwork