Youth take a stand against homophobia
A LOCAL youth support service is inviting Coffs Coasters to take a stand against homophobic behaviour and attitudes on Friday.
Be Young and Proud (BYP) which is a lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) support organisation run by Harbour Youth Service is taking the action as part of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
Members will be embracing the slogan 'Turn Your back on Homophobia' to raise awareness of the destructive abuse and harassment they and many others face in their everyday lives.
IDAHO, which challenges discrimination and celebrates diversity, is recognised in more than 60 countries around the world and the date, May 17, commemorates the World Health Organisation's decision to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 1990.
A group sokesperson said most LGBTI people face both physical and verbal harassment and abuse for simply being who they are and as a result are more likely to turn to drugs, self-harming and even suicide as a means of escape.
BYP offers solcial, recrerational and training opportuniteis for people under 25 and very second Monday from 3.30pm at Harbour Youth Service in the Community Village. Phone 6648 3620 for details.