Last week, Sydney Uni students celebrated International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). It is the first time a celebration of this kind has been held on campus.
IDAHOT commemorates May 17, 1990, the day the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in the International Classification of Diseases registry.
The USYD IDAHOT event was the result of a joint effort between the USU’s Queer Coordinators and the SRC’s Queer Department.
Participants signed a pledge to commit to help end homophobia and transphobia, while enjoying free Golden Gaytime icecreams.
SRC Queer Officer, Fahad Ali, said that the event was a huge success.
“We had over 200 people attend. We’re so glad to have had the opportunity to work with the Union and the SRC, as well as all the wonderful queer groups on campus. This is such a great cause,” he said.
Ali hopes that future IDAHOTs will continue to be celebrated by Sydney University students.
“I hope we always have an IDAHOT celebration, and I hope we always have a fantastic queer presence on campus.”