International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May 2021 Together: Resistance, Support, Healing

Supporters and members of the LGBTQ* community use this day as an annual event to draw attention and raise awareness. 17 May became the designated day due to the 1990 World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.


The cooperation project of the lesbian and gay association in North Rhine-Westphalia Queerflexiv organizes a virtual conference between the 17and 22 of May. The program of the conference  „Queerschluss  – Gemeinsam für sichtbare Vielfalt heute, für mehr Akzeptanz morgen in Bildungs- und Aufklärungsarbeit“ contains workshops and talks in German and aims for more acceptance and diversity in educational work.

There will be a workshop to discuss diversity and teaching methods in higher education on 19 May between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. by Franziska Schreiter. Everyone who is interested in a critical reflection of social norms and wants to consider these topics in their own teaching practice is invited to participate and register free of charge.

Until today, people in Germany are still facing discrimination due to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The University of Mannheim declares itself against any type of discrimination and embraces diversity. The counseling service at the University of Mannheim and the regional counseling service are offering their fully support. The student organisation Queer im Schloss (QUIS) belongs to the student representatives  AStA and wants to create a safe space where LGBTQIA* students from the University of Mannheim can connect with each other.

The Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar is open, colorful and diverse, has a large network, several initiatives and associations  to support  the LGBTQ* community and support a peaceful coexistence.

There will be several events in and around Heidelberg between the 13.- 17.May.