Today, MinterEllison is supporting International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT Day) with events across its offices in Australia.
IDAHOT Day is an important day for the LGBTI community. Started in 2004, the day draws the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, the media and the public to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people. May 17 was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Guest speakers at the MinterEllison IDAHOT Day events include:
- in Perth: the Hon. Lynn MacLaren, Member of Western Australia's Legislative Council – a strong and passionate advocate for marriage equality for many years, she introduced her Same-Sex Marriage Bill to the Western Australian Parliament in 2013
- in Sydney: MinterEllison alumnus Brooke Horne – a former employment and discrimination lawyer with our firm, Brooke is the co-founder and Director of Philanthropy at Australians 4 Equality, Australia’s first professional LGBTI campaign organisation for marriage equality.
The IDAHOT Day events have been organised by MinterEllison's LGBTI Network – PRiME (Pride, Respect and Inclusion at MinterEllison).
The PRiME network is open to all MinterEllison staff who are passionate about ensuring that LGBTI inclusion is embedded in the way we work with our people, clients and community.
Partner Katrina Groshinski, a key Champion of the PRiME Network, said:
"At MinterEllison, we talk a lot about being at our best. The lived experience of many people who identify as LGBTI, however, is a constant need to self-edit and this can be detrimental to the individual and the team they work in.
"It is important to us that our people can bring their whole selves to work and not feel the need to hide their gender identity, sexual orientation or gender expression from colleagues or clients. PRiME is about ensuring that every person at MinterEllison knows that they will be respected, encouraged and supported at the firm.
"That's why we're supporting IDAHOT Day today – not only to shine a spotlight on the discrimination experienced by LGBTI people around the world but also to demonstrate the value of having an inclusive workplace."
MinterEllison is raising money at its events for The Pinnacle Foundation, an organisation that provides scholarships to marginalised or disadvantaged LGBTIQ students.