Marking International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT)
Since 2004, IDAHoBiT has been held on 17th May to draw the attention of world leaders to the inequalities and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It is now celebrated in over 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are still illegal. This year, people across the globe are joining in with International Family Equality Day (IFED) for a combined theme of ‘Love Makes a Family’.
The University values and recognises the contribution of all our staff and students, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
“As a University, we are committed to equality for all. We are proud to support the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and celebrate the lives and achievements of our LGBT staff, students and alumni. We must continue working to end discrimination and prejudice. As more and more influential organisations like ours mark this day, we step forward towards equal rights across the world.” – Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
To mark our commitment, the Equality and Diversity team are launching #PostYourSupport – an interactive campaign for staff and students to demonstrate how and why they support LGBT equality.
To get involved, the E&D team encourage you to fill in a rainbow postcard with a brief statement on why you support LGBT equality. Then you choose what to do with your postcard! Here are three ways to engage in the campaign:
- Take a picture of your completed postcard and tweet @MMUEqualities or tag us on Facebook MMU Equality and Diversity and be sure to include #PostYourSupport.
- Send your completed postcard to a friend, colleague or back to the E&D team to encourage participation and to show them your support.
- Display it at your desk, in the kitchen or in your nearest window.
To join in with the campaign and help mark IDAHoBiT 2017, email Lydia.Lancaster@mmu.ac.uk with the following details: you name, location and number of postcards you require. Postcards will be sent through the internal mail for you to complete.
Manchester Metropolitan is committed to ensuring that any member of staff is treated with dignity and respect, and is able to access confidential help and support at the earliest opportunity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The university provides a free and independent wellbeing service for any member of staff wishing to speak in confidence about any issue, including those relating to sexual orientation, gender identity and mental health. The service is provided by Optum and includes face-to-face counselling, telephone counselling, legal advice and online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). To access Optum via the website, use the access code ‘manchester’ when prompted.
The University operates a zero-tolerance approach to any form of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and harassment. Any member of staff concerned about discriminatory or inappropriate behaviour in the workplace, can contact the co-chairs of the LGBT staff forum or the Equality and Diversity team, or can speak in confidence to their line manager or HR Advisor.