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Out in Geography’s The Coming Out Stories, to celebrate IDAHOBIT: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

Posted by Ajay Chauhan at May 17, 2021 10:56 AM |

Homosexuality was removed from the WHO’s  International Classification of Diseases as a mental disorder on 17th May 1990, with 10s of 10000s of individuals and groups marking the day since 2004 to raise awareness against homophobia. Transphobia was specifically added to the campaign in 2009, and biphobia in 2015.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is now one of the largest global campaigns to raise awareness of, and campaign against, the violence faced by sexual and gender minorities around the world. It is also a celebration of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Events are held world-wide, including countries which still consider just being LGBTQI+ illegal, sometimes punishable by death.

At UCL Geography, we are proud of our diverse LGBTQI+ community of students and staff. Their network, Out in Geography, organises events every year, such as LGBTQI+ themed Wikithons. This academic session is of course different, with Covid19 and social distancing preventing face-to-face meet ups. Therefore, to mark #IDAHOBIT, we are launching a new series called “The Coming Out Stories”. Our idea is to have a bank of stories from students and staff from around the world sharing their own experiences of coming out, and giving advice for students who are still uncertain about taking the leap. Here we introduce 6 coming out stories from current members of Out in Geography, each incredibly personal and all ultimately uplifting, to celebrate May 17th.