Salford Celebrates International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia
May 17, 2019
17 May is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (or IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT is a day that is observed internationally to raise awareness of LGBT+ rights and to highlight and celebrate global achievements for LGBT+ rights.
This year, the LGBT+ staff network Salford Proud and the Inclusion and Diversity team have collaborated on a video involving colleagues from across the university to talk about LGBT+ inclusion and to take a stand against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.
The University will also fly the new Rainbow flag that incorporates brown and black stripes for IDAHOBIT this year. The new 8-stripe flag, adopted by the city of Philadelphia (USA) in 2017, is meant to be a recognition that LGBT People of Colour (people who are not white) often do not feel part of the LGBT community due to the racism, lack of privilege, and lack of understanding about racism that exists within the LGBT+ community.
The flag has been purchased by the Salford LGBT Partnership to fly outside the Old Fire Station on 17 May. Manchester Pride and the Proud Trust have decided to adopt the new flag, although the decision is controversial.
Salford Proud we're unanimous that the university should adopt this and wanted to use the new flag as a talking point to highlight racism and white privilege in both LGBT+ spaces and Higher Education as a whole. Salford Proud are working to be better allies to People of Colour and are hoping that colleagues will find the usage of the new flag encouraging. Salford Proud recognises that itself, and Professional Services at the University, are predominately white, meaning that there is a lot of work that we as allies to People of Colour need to do to not only understand and tackle racism, but to understand the privileges that come along with whiteness and to recognise how, because of those privileges, others are treated differently.
Salford Proud thus would like to put the question over to our Salford Community by flying the flag and asking our colleagues and students for their thoughts on the usage of the flag. Do you think this is a step towards inclusion? Do you think it is reductive or tokenistic? Is it divisive, or will it bring us closer together? Please share your thoughts by tweeting @SalfordProud with the hashtag #SalfordRainbow to let us know your opinions, or emailing us via SalfordProud@salford.ac.uk! Salford Proud welcomes any thoughts surrounding the new flag and what further work the network can do to be better allies to People of Colour at the University.
If you have any further questions, please contact Salford Proud via SalfordProud@salford.ac.uk.
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
Manchester Pride: https://www.manchesterpride.com/
The Proud Trust: https://www.theproudtrust.org/
Salford Pride: http://pinkpicnic.org.uk/