Sport a rainbow lanyard and show your support for IDAHOTB
May 16, 2018
The University is flying the rainbow flag on Thursday 17 May outside the Old Fire Station to celebrate and show our support for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB).
The day was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT+ people internationally. It specifically marks the date when, in 1990, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.
People celebrate May 17th in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal. The many diverse events around the world are hailed as joyful, global celebrations of sexual and gender diversities. At the same time, this annual event highlights the continuing oppression around the globe against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people.
There is clear evidence that shows the discrimination of LGBT+ people happening all over the world, but also specifically in the UK. Stonewall reports that just under a fifth of lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees have experienced verbal bullying from colleagues, customers, or service users because of their sexual orientation in the last five years. Their research also shows that nearly half (42%) of trans and non-binary people are not living permanently as their true gender identity as they feel they are prevented from doing so because it might threaten their employment status. Stonewall also found that over 10% of trans people experienced verbal abuse at work, and 6% of those surveyed were physically assaulted at work. These figures come from UK studies in the last five years. These are still issues LGBT+ people face within the UK workplace today, and a cultural change must happen to ensure their safety.
The focus for 2018 is Alliance for Solidarity stressing the importance of working together, especially where we need to ensure safety, fight violence, lobby for legal change and/or campaign to change hearts and minds.
What you can do
It is important that you speak out against any small moment of discrimination you see against LGBT+ people. It does not have to be a big gesture, but even having a private conversation with a colleague can help change views and open the conversation surrounding the issues that LGBT+ people face. Every little thing challenged is an opportunity to make the world (and the workplace!) a safer and more pleasant place to be for LGBT+ people.
If you like, you can also collect a LGBT+ rainbow lanyard on 17th May from Maxwell Reception or University House to show your support for the LGBT+ community at the University of Salford, whether that be colleagues, students or visitors to our campus.
Many of our colleagues including our Senior Leadership Team are demonstrating clearly that they STAND AGAINST all forms of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia by wearing their ID cards on our fabulous rainbow lanyards. Take a look by scrolling through our Flickr gallery below.
The most important thing you can do as allies is be aware of the issues that LGBT+ people face, and be mindful of how these issues affect their lives and commit to stand against them.
Please, shout about it all over social media using the hashtag #IDAHOTB, and send your rainbow lanyard selfies to @SalfordProud – we would love to see them and hear what you are doing (no matter how small) to celebrate and raise awareness.
We have also created the following images that you can use on social media to show your support. You can download them by clicking the thumbnails below and saving them to your computer.
Resources you can access:
The LGBT Foundation: https://lgbt.foundation/how-we-can-help-you
The Employee Assistance Programme: 0800 716 017, http://www.healthassuredeap.com
Employee Relations Advice: HRAdvice@salford.ac.uk, extension 52121