RUSU IDAHOBIT campaign 2018-19
17th May 2019

The campaign

On 17th May, we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). We celebrate this as on 17th May.1990, the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organisation approved the International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems (ICD 10), which no longer lister homosexuality as a diagnosis.

As such, in 2004, IDAHOBIT was launch to celebrate LGBTIQ people globally. Today, IDAHOBIT is used to champion inclusion and build a better world for the LGBTIQ community.

At the University of Reading for IDAHOBIT last year, there was a focus on hearing gay and lesbian voices and experiences, reflecting on the 30th anniversary of Section 28. This year, there is a particular theme across several of the events of hearing the voices and reflecting on the experiences of trans people across the university and wider society.

What's On?

Becoming an LGBT Ally: info and sign-up session

A repeat of this popular and informative session, hosted by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Parveen Yaqoob and RUSU Diversity Officer Nozomi Tolworthy, and our staff and student LGBT networks. Includes lunch.

Book your place by emailing Sinead O’Flynn

Date: Wednesday 15th May 2019
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: Van Emden Lecture Theatre, Edith Morley Building
Transgender Awareness Training

Given by former student Rosemary Taylor, this session looks at the range and variety of people who identify in one way or another as transgender. The variables of gender, sexuality and other aspects are explored and explained, including: What it is like to be Trans; Coming Out; Being Trans in Public; Being Trans at work; How do staff react to trans people? and with time for discussion, questions and answers.

Book your place by emailing Sinead O’Flynn

Date: Thursday 16th May 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Venue: G44, Edith Morley Building
Wolfenden Seminar
Navigating identity institutionally: research findings and biographical notes on trans experiences in prisons, schools, and universities

Speakers include Amy Austin (University of Reading), Clara Barker (University of Oxford), Mia Harris (Prison Reform Trust), and Rebecca Harris (University of Reading).

For more info and booking, visit University of Reading Public Events.

Date: Thursday 16th May 2019
Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Venue: G10, Henley Business School
Wolfenden Lecture
Our Trans lives: life, love and Lorraine

Given by Jake and Hannah Graf, where they discuss everything from their transgender lives through to Lorraine Kelly’s sofa. Hannah came out as transgender in 2013 and became the highest ranking transgender officer within the British Army.

For more info and to book your FREE place, visit University of Reading Public Events.

Date: Thursday 16th May 2019
Time: 19:00
Venue: G11, Henley Business School
IDAHOBIT Awareness Stand

Pop by our stand in RUSU to learn more about what IDAHOBIT is all about and what we can all do as LGBT+ Allies to champion inclusion and build a better world for the LGBT+ community globally.

Date: Friday 17th May 2019
Time: 12:00 - 15:00
Venue: RUSU Lower Foyer (by Mojos/Mondial)
Rainbow Flag-Raising

At 1.00pm, a special flag-raising ceremony will take place between Whiteknights House and the Library, led by our LGBT+ Network, the RUSU Diversity and LGBT+ officers, and Prof Parveen Yaqoob, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and the UEB LGBT+ Champion. Please join us in support of our LGBT+ community.

Date: Friday 17th May 2019
Time: 13:00
Venue: Whiteknights Campus Flagpole (Between URS and Edith Morley)
RUSU Diversity Officer 2019/20 Zeid Sharif

Diversity Officer
Zeid Sharif