It will be a worldwide celebration of gender and sexual diversities.

May 17th marks International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

IDAHOT is a day to raise awareness as well as recognise the need to end harassment, bullying and all forms of discrimination.

This year the LGBTIQ community in Western Sydney has been working together to shine the light on the impact of homophobia and transphobia.

Open Door Community of Christ is inviting the LGBTIQ community for a Picnic in the Park at Regatta Park in Emu Plains on Saturday 14th May to celebrate gender and sexual diversities.

Last year, over 250 people attended the inaugural Picnic Day, and this year’s event is expected to be even bigger!

There will be live entertainment from local celebrities, children’s activities, a jumping castle and a free barbeque. Games and prize-giving events will be held throughout the day.  Information stalls, merchandise and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Picnic in the Park aims to shine a light on the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBTIQ community. LGBTIQ individuals continue to face a greater risk of violence, harassment, and isolation in society. Statistics show higher rates of suicide and mental health issues within our community.

Acceptance is extremely important. There is no place in Western Sydney for homophobia or transphobia.