Rainbow flag flying for IDAHOBIT

Published on 17 May 2023


The Borough of Queenscliffe is committed to diversity and inclusion, and in a showing of this commitment, raised the rainbow flag this morning to commemorate IDAHOBIT – the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia.

Queenscliffe Mayor Isabelle Tolhurst said that the raising of the flag was a visible reminder that the Borough welcomes everyone, regardless of their sexuality, gender identity or appearance.

 “On IDAHOBIT, we stand with members of the LGBTQIA+ community to promote equality and inclusion, and reject discrimination and violence. Raising the rainbow flag signifies that the Borough welcomes everyone, regardless of their sexuality, gender identity, or who they love. We are committed to equality and inclusion year-round for all in our community.”

Cr Tolhurst referenced the Borough’s 2021–2025 Council Plan – which was developed by Council in collaboration with the Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale community – which specifically calls for the promotion of diversity and gender equality.

“One of the key priorities in our Council Plan is about promoting diversity and gender equality, and so much of our decision-making and operational activity at Council is now framed through that lens. Our ten-year Community Vision also includes encouraging an inclusive and engaged community as a key pillar. Our community cares about making the Borough welcome to all, just as we do at Council.”

IDAHOBIT has been recognised annually on 17 May for almost two decades. The day’s purpose, broadly, is to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and highlight their ongoing battles in combatting discrimination.

Residents can learn more about the day, as well as how to take action, by visiting idahobit.org.au