Alliances for Solidarity

15th May 2018

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. (IDAHOT) A worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. ALSO known as IDAHOBIT is on May 17 2018.

Paradiso Cairns a Google listed ‘Safe Place’ welcomes everyone to pop in on Thursday May 17th 2018 to purchase a coffee. Director of Paradiso Cairns Andrew Graham, states  “that in return we will donate $1 from every coffee purchased throughout the day to as both myself and business partner Jay Horne strongly believe that not only should we be creating awareness but also assisting those businesses both nationally and internationally that are working on a global scale to support this LGBT movement – together we can make change!”

There will also be some amazing prizes up for grabs via our raffles, donated kindly through our FNQ Magazine and their clients. 100% of money exchanged for these raffles will also be donated. The raffles will run from 17th-24th May 2018 and be drawn via FB Live on May 25th.

Come along and show your support.

Facebook Event Link:

Thank-you to the list of businesses below for their generous donations and support of this global movement:

Paronella Park, Mamu Tropical Skywalk, Palm Cove Tropic Apartments, Coral Tree Inn, Cairns, Cairns Colonial Club Resort, Body Matrix Cairns, MK-PT, Genesis Fitness,  Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, JUTE Theatre Company, Cairns Clear Skin, Men Wear Sluggers, Cairns Harbour Cruises, Nicole Meertens CA and Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises.

A massive thank-you to our friends at QNews Magazine  for including all our events in a recent story.

From QNews Magazine:

A number of events are planned for Cairns to mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), on Thursday, May 17.

“IDAHOBIT is a day to acknowledge the discrimination and violence experienced by LGBTIQ people locally and around the world,” Ben Dawson from QuAC North Queensland said.

“The day is also an opportunity to join together and celebrate our communities’ strength, resilience and diversity.

“[It] started as a celebration of 17 May 1990, the day that homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases. IDAHOBIT is an important day for us to reflect on how important depathologisation is for the health of LGBTIQ communities.

“‘Alliances for Solidarity’ is the international theme for IDAHOBIT 2018, which acknowledges the importance of working together to achieve LGBTIQ rights – we are stronger together.”

In Cairns, a free breakfast and morning tea will be held at the James Cook University Library from 8.30am to 10am.

All are also invited to gather for coffee at the Paradiso Cafe at 96 Abbott Street in Cairns.

A free BBQ and BYO picnic will also be held at the City Beat Police Station at the Lagoon Complex on the Cairns Esplanade, organised by the Queensland Police Service and FNQ Emergency Services to show solidarity with the LGBTIQ community.

QuAC North Queensland are also inviting Facebook users to update their profile pictures with their IDAHOBIT Facebook frame here.

In Brisbane, nine prominent Brisbane landmarks will be lit up in rainbow lights to commemorate this year’s IDAHOBIT.

Rainbow flags will fly from Brisbane City Hall as well as the state headquarters of Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services that day.

That evening, the Brisbane Powerhouse is holding a free special event featuring guest speakers and a memorial ceremony as the venue begins their annual queer arts festival MELT.

Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group (BLAG) will host a rainbow lights walking tour through Brisbane that evening, leaving King George Square outside City Hall at 5.15pm sharp. For more details, visit the Facebook page.

Elsewhere, the University of Technology Sydney’s Queer Collective will hold a “You Can’t Ask That” panel on Thursday evening.

In Melbourne, LGBTIQ youth group Minus18 will host a free concert in Federation Square this Thursday evening for IDAHOBIT.

In Darwin, Charles Darwin University will host an “Alliances for Solidarity” event on Thursday, with entertainment and guest speakers.

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