IDAHOBIT Day with the Victorian Pride Centre and Banyule City Council

May 26, 2023 · News

Our joint IDAHOBIT Day event with Banyule City Council and the Victorian Pride Centre was a great way to educate our combined workforce, share stories and build capability on being better allies, supporters and creating not just inclusive workplaces, but inclusive communities.

With Tommy, Social Worker, at the helm as MC, we heard from a great panel of CEO’s: Mick Geary, Allison Beckwith (Banyule City Council) and Justine Dalla Riva (Victorian Pride Centre) reflecting on their personal experiences growing up in Melbourne in the 1980’s, what’s changed and what remains in terms of LGBTIQA+ inclusion and its flip side, discrimination, in the workplace and in our wider communities, the importance of inclusive leadership and strong, supportive allyship in the face of stigma and vilification.

The discussion was powerful, and a timely reminder about the importance of being Allies to LGBTIQA+ people, showing our support in calling out behaviour and comments that stigmatize and belittle people. We are all human, with equal rights to be our true selves in our families, in our workplaces, in our communities.

At Banyule Community Health, LGBTIQA+ inclusion is everyone’s business. We can all play a part to stand up to discrimination. Your support as a member of the community, or an ally, makes a difference to ensure LGBTIQA+ people feel welcome, safe, and accepted for who they are. It costs nothing to show love and kindness. Embrace people for who they are.

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