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Flag raised against homophobia, biphobia, intersexism and transphobia

By Tara Whitsed

The Shepparton community will raise the rainbow flag in honour of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia this month.

On at La Trobe University’s Shepparton campus, community development worker for Uniting’s Diversity Project in Shepparton Georgina Poort said the day was about community support for young LGBTIQA+ people and to create a wider understanding about the issues they faced on a daily basis.

‘‘Australian statistics for our youth around LGBTIQA+ people are alarming,’’ she said.

‘‘Seventy-five per cent of youth experience some form of discrimination, 61 per cent experience verbal abuse and 19 per cent experience physical bullying.

‘‘Twenty-four per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults and youths experience depression and 36 per cent of transgender Australians experience depression compared with seven per cent for the general population.

‘‘If you want to be part of the solution, come along on Friday.

‘‘Wear rainbow colours and stand with your LGBTIQA+ community to show your support for your mates, family and colleagues and celebrate IDAHOBIT Day.’’

All are welcome to enjoy the barbecue lunch and a rainbow flag raising ceremony at 12.30pm on Friday at the La Trobe University Shepparton campus.

The event runs from noon to 1.30pm and is hosted by La Trobe Shepparton Students Association in partnership with La Trobe University Shepparton, The Ally Network at La Trobe, The Diversity Project at Uniting, Vincent Care, GV CASA, GV Pride and the Bridge Youth Service.

To RSVP, visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/idahobit-2019-tickets-61411329941