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About IDAHOBIT May 17

International Day Against LGBTQIA+ Discrimination

May 17 marks the date in 1990 that homosexuality was removed from the WHO Classification of Diseases. Over two decades later, LGBTQIA+ communities still face discrimination – the stakes have never been higher to champion inclusion.

The History of May 17

of LGBTQIA+ employees in Australia are not out to everyone at work. (Out at Work, 2018).

LGBTQIA+ youth experience abuse due to their identity.

of LGBTQIA+ Australians have experienced verbal abuse in the past 12 months.


478,986 people attend registered IDAHOBIT activities in Australia last year alone - with 97% of activity organisers reporting the day made ongoing change. We can't wait to see how you go rainbow!

About May 17

On May 17, 1990 - the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases. While we celebrate this milestone and other advancements in LGBTQIA+ equality, the unfortunate reality is that there's still more work to do.

LGBTQIA+ Discrimination

LGBTQIA+ people in Australia still today experience disproportionate rates of bullying, harassment and discrimination.

IDAHOBIT is More Than a Day

LGBTQIA+ Inclusion All Year-Round

Find out how your IDAHOBIT activities improve the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth across Australia throughout the year.

Legendary Partners

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the people who support us.
If you’d like to join forces and work together, get in touch!

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IDAHOBIT 2022 Impact Report

IDAHOBIT 2022 Impact Report

Download the 2022 Impact Report to see our reach.


Your donations keep us going

Minus18 Foundation Ltd is a registered Australian charity. All donations are tax-deductible.


Can provide a classroom or youth org LGBTQIA+ inclusion and education resources.


Helps us bring a life-affirming LGBTQIA+ youth event to life, supporting queer youth to connect.


Can provide a free workshop for up to 100 regional or rural school students or staff

Our work takes place across the lands of Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We acknowledge their continued connection and contribution to land, water and community, and pay our respects to Elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded; this always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

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