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The Blue Mountains City Council raised the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) flag during a celebration at Civic Place, Katoomba on May 17. Community groups, councillors, Headspace representatives and volunteers showed up to show their support. and listen to speakers, poetry readings and music, as students from local schools drape themselves in rainbow-colored clothing and flags to celebrate the event. Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill, who opened the event, said, “I’m proud that Blue Mountains City Council is one of the few councils proudly raising the rainbow flag in support of our LGBTQIA+ community on IDAHOBIT Day. day celebrated to educate the wider community on how to challenge prejudice against our LGBTQIA+ communities. It is essential that we listen to all the challenges that these communities continue to face every day, while highlighting the achievements made so far, and to imagine a more inclusive future. “Australian statistics on discrimination, mental health and abuse in the LGBTQIA+ community are shocking – for example, 39% of LGBTQIA+ people have suffered from depression in the last 12 months, compared to 6.2% of the general population, while 75% of LGBTQIA+ youth have experienced some form of discrimination in the past year.”I urge everyone in the Blue Mountains to join me in supporting friends, neighbors and colleagues who are doing part of the LGBTQIA+ community by listening to their experiences and being there for them.” The IDAHOBIT event was organized by the Council and the following community organizations: Mountains Outreach Community Services; Mountains Youth Service Team; DV West; Lives Lived Well; Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre; ACON Health. The event included a welcome to the country from the traditional owner Representative Uncle Lex and MC was Tatiana Lozano of M ountains Outreach Community Service (MOCS) Councilors Claire West, Sarah Redshaw and Romola Hollywood were in attendance, while a panel of speakers discussed current challenges facing the LGBTQIA+ community, including: Javier, a student at Katoomba High School; Georgia Chapman, winner of the Western Sydney Rainbow Communities News Contest; Claudia Roosen, Community Development Officer at MOCS; Megalong Valley community member Mel Bel; Terry Preeo from the social group Three Sisters spoke about the AIDS memorial in Medlow Bath.

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The Blue Mountains City Council raised the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) flag during a celebration at Civic Place, Katoomba on May 17.

Community groups, councillors, Headspace representatives and volunteers showed up to show their support and listen to speakers, poetry readings and music, while students from local schools draped themselves in clothes and flags in the colors of the rainbow to celebrate the event.

Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill, who opened the event, said, “I’m proud that Blue Mountains City Council is one of the few councils proudly raising the rainbow flag in support of our LGBTQIA+ community on IDAHOBIT Day.

“This is an internationally celebrated day to educate the wider community on how to challenge the stigma against our LGBTQIA+ communities. It is essential that we listen to all the challenges these communities continue to face every day, while highlighting the achievements made so far, and to imagine a more inclusive future.

“Australian statistics on discrimination, mental health and abuse in the LGBTQIA+ community are shocking – for example, 39% of LGBTQIA+ people have suffered from depression in the last 12 months, compared to 6.2% of the general population, while 75% of LGBTQIA+ youth have experienced some form of discrimination in the past year.

“I urge everyone in the Blue Mountains to join me in supporting friends, neighbors and colleagues who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community by listening to their experiences and being there for them.”

The IDAHOBIT event was organized by the Council and the following community organizations: Mountains Outreach Community Services; the mountain youth service team; DV West; Lives well lived; Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Center; ACON Health.

The event included a welcome to the country from traditional owner representative Uncle Lex and the MC was Tatiana Lozano of the Mountains Outreach Community Service (MOCS). Councilors Claire West, Sarah Redshaw and Romola Hollywood were on hand, while a panel of speakers discussed current challenges facing the LGBTQIA+ community, including: Javier, a student at Katoomba High School; Georgia Chapman, winner of the Western Sydney Rainbow Communities News Contest; Claudia Roosen, Community Development Officer at MOCS; Megalong Valley community member Mel Bel; Terry Preeo from the social group Three Sisters spoke about the AIDS memorial in Medlow Bath.

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