International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is celebrated in over 130 countries and draws attention to the alarming discrimination and violence that many LGBTI people experience. The date, May 17, was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision—on May 17 in 1990—to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
An activist in Indonesia commented: “…the problem is not the diversity in human sexualities and gender expressions, but the irrational rejection they provoke in some people.”
During recess last Wednesday, BSSC students joined millions of people across the world celebrating diversity and saying ‘No!’ to discrimination against LGBTI people. They decorated and chalked slogans across the asphalt as the Wellbeing Team provided information and wristbands—and painted fingernails in brilliant rainbow colours.
A framed mosaic, created by VET students, which will hang permanently in the Ulumbarra plaza, was also formally presented to the College.