headspace Bathurst wraps the town in rainbow
16th May 2017 – In celebration of International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) tomorrow, headspace Bathurst in conjunction with their Youth Reference Group, is wrapping the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning and Asexual (LGBTIQA+) rainbow flag on trees in Bathurst.
The LGBTIQA+ community are at a higher risk of experiencing mental health concerns due to the difficulties associated with community attitudes and discloser. Initiatives that challenge discrimination and harassment are crucial and of vital importance to the wellbeing of regional communities. With this in mind, the 2017 Youth Reference Group has planned to celebrate IDAHOBIT in the most public way possible; a rainbow flag wrap.
“headspace Bathurst is always passionate about celebrating our rainbow community. IDAHOBIT is our day of the year to publically support and praise the LGBTIQA+ community and ensure that they know they are valued,” comments Karen Golland, Youth and Community Engagement Officer at headspace Bathurst.
On IDAHOBIT Day, the Youth Reference Group with support from CSU Queer Space, will be wrapping trees at CSU and King’s Parade with rainbow fabric to show that young people want Bathurst to be a safe place for the LGBTIQA+ youth.
“It’s good that young people are getting involved in this. It shows that we care about equality and are passionate about changing attitudes that cause harm within our community,” says Ben Rodwell, member of headspace Bathurst’s Youth Reference Group
“Having headspace Bathurst’s support in developing these ideas means we can publically advocate for being queer in regional spaces, and reach more people. I think this is important as LGBTIQA+ young people don’t get as much representation in regional areas as they do in the city,” Rodwell continues.
Bathurst has a vibrant LGBTIQA+ community with much to say and celebrate, and headspace Bathurst is right in the thick of it. The centre currently hosts SPECTRUM, a youth led LGBTIQA+ group that regularly meet at the centre to discuss any issues they may be facing or to generally spend time with like-minded and supportive youth.
“Taking a visible stand like the ‘rainbow wrap’ sends a clear message to our community that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia will not be tolerated, and that sexual and gender diversity is supported and celebrated in our community,” says Golland.
The Youth Reference Group consists of young people aged between 12-25 years who donate their time to shape and form the events, concepts and messages that headspace Bathurst wants to project to the youth of the community.
If you are a young person with something going on, chat to one of our staff at headspace Bathurst on 6338 1100, visit the centre on the corner of Havannah and Piper Sts, or visit www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/bathurst/ for more information.