Pride event proves Geelong progress
A FULL house turned out in support of Geelong’s queer community as part of local recognition of a worldwide celebration last week.
The City of Greater Geelong hosted a free community event including a panel discussion last Tuesday to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
COGG also flew the rainbow flag at City Hall as part of an awareness campaign.
IDAHOBIT Day is celebrated on May 17 each year, and recognises the anniversary of the World Health Organisation removing homosexuality from its list of diseases in 1990.
COGG councillors and Geelong MPs were among the local leaders to join residents as guests of the event.
Geelong person and nationally recognised queer rights activist Deni Todorovic delivered the keynote speech at the event.
Todorovic said the local pride event was proof of the substantial progress the city had made in recent decades toward becoming a more inclusive community.
“To stand in my home town, the same town that I endured so much discrimination of my journey alongside unfathomable support upon my return four years ago, was truly special,” they said.
“Whilst there is always work to be done – so much work to be done – thank you Geelong for showing up in ways I didn’t know possible.”