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IDAHOBIT for LGBTI is VICPOL's focus today. Marauding African gangs not so much.

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Hundreds of local school students will throw paint-filled water balloons at the Fawkner Police Station today to create an explosion of colour and celebration for LGBTI communities.

The event is held as part of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), which is celebrated annually to promote acceptance and inclusion of sexual and gender diverse communities.

Community Engagement Acting Inspector Troy Papworth said Victoria Police is excited to support Merri Health on this special event, which is a fantastic way to show LGBTI communities that they are supported, celebrated and respected.

“The rainbow artwork will form a permanent 80m mural on the police station fence and is a symbolic way for the community, including police, to show that we’re taking a stance against violence and discrimination,” Acting Inspector Papworth said.

“Through the mural, police are also hoping to increase confidence and trust between LGBTI communities and police, and encourage everyone to speak to us if they need help.

“The initiative is also a fantastic way for our young people to tell other young people that they have a right to be proud of who they are. Our youth play an important role in creating safer and more inclusive communities, and ensuring a brighter future for all.”

This year, IDAHOBIT is celebrated on 17 May.

Police across the state will be taking part in rainbow flag raising ceremonies in their local communities to show their commitment to strengthening their relationship with LGBTI communities.

Cathy Le

Media Unit