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Nillumbik Shire Council recognises the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex discrimination and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) discrimination annually on May 17. 

IDAHOBIT is about saying no to LGBTIQA+ discrimination and raising awareness about the work still needed to achieve equality and safety for LGBTIQA+ people. 

It’s also a day to celebrate LGBTQIA+ people globally.

LGBTIQA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual people. The + represents that there are many different ways people identify their gender and sexuality beyond LGBTIQA.

On IDAHOBIT Day you can show your support by wearing a splash of rainbow. 

Get involved through these celebrations across Nillumbik:

  • Pop down to Eltham Leisure Centre on Wednesday May 17 and join our colourful staff in your rainbow active wear, and workout listening to curated pride playlists.
  • Also at Eltham Leisure Centre on Wednesday May 17 check out a giant rainbow art piece, and help make it even more wonderful by contributing to it. The ‘Rainbow Connection’ is a community artwork created from textile waste, by A Fitting Connection with Aligned Leisure. Community members are invited to add a piece of fabric to the art, made from 4.5kgs of polyester sport tops which take up to 200 years to decompose. 
  • Nillumbik Youth is hosting a social catch up for young LGBTIQA+ people and allies in celebration of IDAHOBIT. The event is for young people aged 12-18 who live, work, study or play in Nillumbik. For more information email
  • As well as promoting local LGBTIQA+ artists on social media, an exciting opportunity for LGBTQIA+ artists opens Tuesday 16 May. Read about the Midsumma Festival 2024 exhibition at the Eltham Library Community Gallery.
  • Apply for a small grant through the Pride Foundation Grants. Eligible projects must directly or indirectly assist, involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ people and promote positive social outcomes and mental health in the community.