How to have a great IDAHOBIT at work
September 07, 2020
May 17 IDAHOBIT – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia! In other words? It's an international day to stand out against LGBTQIA+ discrimination at work, school or in your community with family and friends.
It's a day that makes a huge impact – every morning tea, workplace lunch n' learn, and day of professional training creates visibility, and starts important conversations. Even if we’ve achieved marriage equality, there’s still a LOT of work to be done to champion ALL identities within the LGBTQIA+ community.
So, how do you get involved? It's super easy! Just register your workplace, office, or team to get started. In person or digital, big or small, casual or organisation-wide, go rainbow YOUR way on May 17. Here's how!
Once you've registered your workplace – organise an event or activity at your work!
Keep it simple
Seriously though! If this is your first IDAHOBIT (and even if it isn't), sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective. Consider your workplace's vibe and style, and what sort of event is likely to rally your team(s). Morning tea? Lunchtime potluck lunch? Rainbow digital morning meeting? Message from the CEO? A little of a few of those? Start planning, and give your coworkers plenty of notice.
The more rainbows, the better!
One of our absolute top tips? Fill your office with rainbows! It's visually striking and effective, AND it creates visibility of the day. Visibility and education are two of the most important parts of IDAHOBIT, so you're already making a difference in our opinion!
Grab a Pride Pack, filled with all the rainbows you need for a great event, AND to champion inclusivity year-round (including posters and lanyards). Plus, you'll save over 40% off the RRP of the rainbow goodies inside! Grab a Pride Pack for your own desk, or for the whole team.
We're here to help
We know that it can feel daunting to organise an event if you're already busy at work, or you're championing it on your own. Head online to check out useful articles, rainbow Zoom and digital meeting backgrounds, social media content, videos, and loads more. We've even included conversation cards in each Pride Pack!
One of the most important ways of fighting discrimination is via education. There’s a lot to understand about LGBTQIA+ inclusion and, whether in person or digitally, IDAHOBIT is the perfect time to learn.
Join us online
Level up your event or celebration by attending Minus18's live-streamed, interactive Introduction to LGBTQIA+ inclusion. Attend yourself, or invite the whole team – and leave with skills and know-how needed to support LGBTQIA+ colleagues, clients, and friends. This is no taster – it's our renowned professional training, filled with real-life scenarios and loads of time for questions. Group discounts available!
LGBTQIA+ Professional Training
It can be daunting to ask questions about LGBTQIA+ inclusion at work. In person or digitally, engage in LGBTQIA+ professional training to train up the team. Minus18 training is customisable to suit your specific needs, and the knowledge levels within your team.
We know how difficult it can be to gather the whole team together. And we know that even in 2021, many teams are working remotely. Inspire and educate your organisation with a pre-recorded IDAHOBIT keynote, yours to stream, share, and watch whenever (and however) it suits YOUR team.
3. CHANGE THE WORLD
IDAHOBIT is one day of the year, but it’s also a perfect catalyst for you to create lasting change and build LGBTQIA+ inclusion.
Don't forget to fundraise!
We love morning teas, but they're even better when they support the work of LGBTQIA+ orgs making a difference year-round. Integrate a fundraising component into your office activation, and start year-long conversations about inclusion. You could collect gold coin donations at your morning tea, or set up a digital fundraiser to avoid collecting physical coins. Whatever your style, every little bit makes a huge difference.
How to use our rainbow ribbons
News flash! Minus18's rainbow ribbons are tax-deductible. Once you've grabbed a pack of 20 (or more!), you have a few options. Give them out as visibility-raising items at work, sell them for $2 each to ensure you're not out of pocket, or on-sell them to fundraise further and donate your efforts after your event!
The impact of your donations
No matter which LGBTQIA+ organisation you're supporting on IDAHOBIT, you're making a huge difference merely by fundraising.
If you donate in support of Minus18 via IDAHOBIT, we can't thank you enough. Your donation means we're able to create life-affirming events for LGBTQIA+ young people; that we're able to create free resources for youth and their families. It means we're able to reach regional and rural young people, and head out to educate the wider community.