It does seem a shame, in 2022, that we need an international day against hate, but the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) reminds us all of the ongoing struggle for dignity and equality.

Against this prejudice and discrimination, we have one very powerful antidote, and that is education. Discrimination and prejudice often arise from ignorance and that ignorance can be towards any group of people, including the LGBT+ community.

Tackling ignorance opens up the conversation, allowing us to explore the myths and misunderstandings that drive negativity towards one another.

While I am new to Diversity Role Models, the reason I was attracted to the charity was its commitment to fostering an understanding, inclusive and caring ethos when visiting schools and colleges. Our staff, along with our excellent volunteer role models, are invited into schools and colleges and tell their stories to help learners challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about people who are different from them.

Out of this experience develops understanding and empathy for other LGBT+ learners and the devastating impact that bullying can have.

Indeed, part of the reason our work is so vital is shown in recent research by DRM (due for publication later in May 2022) which suggests that some young people don’t even recognise bullying behaviour when it occurs. Again, education is a key part of challenging this and creating a more just and equal society.

This year's theme for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) is ‘Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights’.

A call for freedom against personal oppression, hate speech and violence and a world in which individuals can live freely to express their sexuality and identity. Here at DRM, we continue our mission to promote positive attitudes of acceptance, inclusivity and kindness towards the LGBT+ community and other groups who face prejudice and discrimination.

DRM relies entirely on the kindness of our donors to support the work we do in schools. If you would like to support our work and be part of our mission, then please visit here to donate.