Today is IDAHOBIT day. It’s the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and is held each year to mark the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. It’s now acknowledged around the world as a day for schools, organisations and individuals to celebrate across the globe and reflect on the gains won to achieve equality for LGBTIQ+ communities, and to raise awareness of LGBTIQ+ rights violations that continue to this day worldwide.
We thought we’d share a list of our favourite young peeps popping up in our feeds who are doing things in the LGBTIQ+ space so that you can add some of their awesomeness to your timelines too.
Want to know more about what IDAHOBIT day is? Last year we wrote a little more on the history behind the day here, and why it’s such an important date to include in your calendar.
Now sit back and enjoy a collection of people doing great work in the LGBTIQ+ space so you can make some fresh and fantastic additions to your social media circle.
Jacob Thomas / twitter: @jacobthomasaust
Jacob presented a TEDx talk at the Queensland University of Technology on gender equality in 2015, which led to Jacob to winning the Queen’s Young Leaders Award where — wait for it — Jacob was flown to London to meet Queen Elizabeth II. Jacob is a regular writer and speaker for a number of different organisations, and active voice in the political space, especially for young LGBTQI+ people. Plus, Jacob’s commentary on Twitter is also downright hilarious.
Deirdre ‘Dee’ Fidge / twitter: @figgled
A true meme queen and all-round funny person, Dee takes on Twitter with a grain of salt. Dee shares hilarious ramblings and quizzical observations that make us want to say “same”. Dee is also a journalist so keep an eye out for pieces on gender and life with ABC and SBS.
Harry Cook / twitter: @harrycook
Harry is a film and TV actor originally from the UK who has called Australia home since the age of 10. Harry is a self-described “actor, husband, parent of an English bulldog, and LGBTQ activist.” Catch Harry on just about every social media platform, or in Podcast form – via the show The Waffle Podcast it’s well worth a listen (BYO waffles).
Nevo Zisin / twitter: @findingnevo1
Nevo Zisin is a young author who has recently published their first memoir: “personal, political and passionate, Finding Nevo is an autobiography about gender and everything that comes with it.” Find a copy at your local library, otherwise available for purchase at the ABC store.
Bec Shaw / twitter + instagram: @brocklesnitch
If you’ve been on the internet as much as we have, you’ve probably seen Bec Shaw’s virtual face around (Bec’s had a few tweets go viral over time). Bec — a proud feminist — took a stab at those who deny the need for feminism by authoring a book (and accompanying Twitter account): @NoToFeminism. Worth a squiz.
Faustina Agolley / twitter + instagram: @faustinathefuzz
You might remember Faustina “Fuzzy” Agolley as the host of long-running Australian music program Video Hits on Channel 10. After making regular appearances on Aussie TV ever since, updates from @faustinathefuzz have been excellent — um, see above for pic of cold hard virtual evidence. Plus authoring a blog with beautiful personal pieces about coming out and coming to terms with gender and sexuality are some bonus point-out-ables.
Patrick Abboud / twitter: @patrickabboud
Patrick is a Walkley-nominated storyteller and documentary maker, and also the mastermind behind The Feed on SBS. Not to mention being a co-host for the annual Mardi Gras broadcast and writing a regular column for the national gay news network. Follow for political cheekiness, a world of knowledge and excellent banter.