Frankston City and Mornington Peninsula Shire celebrate IDAHOBIT

Published on 09 May 2022


Frankston City Council, in collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Shire, will be celebrating IDAHOBIT on 17 May with a series of flag raisings and author talks in support of our LGBTIQA+ communities. 

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is the international day against LGBTQIA+ discrimination.

It is a day to grow visibility, educate on inclusion, and change the world for our lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer/questioning and asexual residents, community, friends, family, allies and colleagues.

Frankston City Mayor Nathan Conroy said: “Diversity is such an important part of what makes Frankston City special and we encourage all to join our IDAHOBIT events to support and celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community members.

“Let’s come together and show the world that the Frankston community is a welcoming one, where discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.

“As a sign of support for our local LGBTQIA+ community, we fly the Rainbow Flag all year around. I look forward to joining with you to celebrate IDAHOBIT 2022 with our annual flag raising event,” Mayor Conroy said.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Anthony Marsh said: “We’re looking forward to celebrating the lives of LGBTIQA+ people across the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston this IDAHOBIT.

“I am proud to represent a Council that supports diversity. Having a community where everyone feels valued, supported and safe is at the heart of everything we do. 

“We stand with our LGBTIQA+ community and stand up to all forms of discrimination across the Peninsula,” Mayor Marsh said.

Please join us in celebrating our LGBTIQA+ communities at the following events: 

Frankston City Council Rainbow Flag raising event

Tuesday 17 May, 9:30 – 11am

Frankston Civic Centre Forecourt (30 Davey Street, Frankston)

Morning Tea provided


Frankston City Council staff and community members who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their allies are invited to come together for Frankston City Council’s annual Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony to acknowledge the history of IDAHOBIT, show support for LGBTQIA+ people globally and raise awareness for the need to combat discrimination.

Jobs Victoria Advocates 1:1 consultations

Tuesday 17 May, 1.30 – 3pm

Frankston Library Forecourt (60 Playne Street, Frankston)

For people aged 15+

Frankston City Council’s Job Advocates are celebrating IDAHOBIT and helping people to overcome discrimination. They will be providing free 1:1 consultations in a safe and inclusive space to discuss specific barriers to employment and study, linking people with tailored support and culturally specific services. 

Consultations are available for people 15+ with all clients at this session receiving a free Rainbow cupcake from Writers Bloc Café.   

Library forecourt activation by Youth Services, Libraries and Jobs Advocates Victoria

Tuesday 17 May, 3 – 5pm

Frankston Library Forecourt (60 Playne Street, Frankston)

Join Frankston Youth Services, Frankston City Libraries and Jobs Advocates Victoria at the Library Forecourt for free rainbow themed activities for all ages including art activities, gender pronoun badge making, 1:1 Job Advocate consultations and LGBTQIA+ information and resources. 

FrankTALK: Dr Yves Rees on ‘All About Yves’

Tuesday 17 May, 5 – 6pm

For people aged 16+

Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street, Frankston  

Register here

Join author, historian and podcaster Dr Yves Rees in conversation with Clair Halliday, to talk about All About Yves. This special live event will explore Dr Yves Rees’ timely, honest and thought provoking memoir about the trans experience. 

Mornington Peninsula Shire Rainbow Flag raising event

Tuesday 17 May, 11am

Flagpoles outside Rosebud Shire Office (92 Besgrove Street, Rosebud)

Register here

Mornington Peninsula Shire staff and community members identifying as LGBTIQA+ and their allies are invited to come together for our annual Rainbow Flag Raising event to acknowledge the history of IDAHOBIT, show support for LGBTQIA+ people globally and raise awareness for the need to combat discrimination.

Speeches and a performance from comedian Geraldine Quinn in the Yawa Aquatic Centre (50m walk) to follow. A light lunch will be provided.

Author Talk: Jonathan Butler on ‘The boy in the dress’

Tuesday 17 May, 11am

Mornington Library (Vancouver St, Mornington)

Recommended for adults 

Register here

Join Jonathan Butler to hear about The Boy in the Dress: a deeply personal investigation into a possible gay hate crime on the home front in 1944.

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