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This Saturday, 17th May is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

This day is a Global Day to celebrate sexual and gender diversities and also a good time to reflect on the inclusiveness, or otherwise, of our workplaces, schools, sporting clubs and our community in general.

We know that transsexual, transgender, intersex and gender diverse people face many issues, including discrimination and harassment. The Equal Opportunity Commission is able to take complaints about sexuality and gender identity discrimination where it occurs at work, in education, in shops and services, in accommodation, and in clubs and associations.

The Commission also provides education and training to help reduce discrimination. Recently, for example, the Commission conducted two highly successful training sessions specifically for organisations that had a staff member transitioning.

The state government has also developed the South Australian Strategy for the Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) People 2014-2016. Find out more about the strategy, developed by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion with the advice and assistance of the Rainbow Advisory Council, at sa.gov.au.

If you have experienced discrimination or harassment, or are interesting in the Commission’s training programs, please contact us.

Anne Gale
Commissioner for Equal Opportunity

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