On 17 May, I was delighted to raise the rainbow flag to mark IDAHO Day, the International Day against Homophobia, and welcome people to our morning tea at The Centre Ivanhoe.
At a recent Council meeting, I also successfully moved that we set up a reference group to help support and include members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) communities. While still in its early stages, the group aims to help prevent homophobia and enhance social inclusion for GLBTI communities.
I’m pictured here with Heidelberg Heights resident Karen-Joy McColl, who has already put her hand up to be part of the group, and Max Walters at the IDAHO Day celebrations.
There are parts of the GLBTI community that feel that they are not included and who feel socially isolated and misunderstood. We want to change that. We want Banyule to be a welcoming and safe place for residents, regardless of their sexuality, gender or ethnicity.
If you are interested in being part of the reference group, please contact our Inclusion, Access and Equity Social Planner, Shawn Neilsen, on 9490 4310.