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IDAHOBIT 2023 – How Sheffield United is helping


A Sheffield-based football club is supporting IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) to stand against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Today marks the anniversary of when the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in the International Classification of Diseases, on 17th May, 1990.

SayiT, a Sheffield charity which supports young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, has been hosting IDAHOBIT anniversary events for several years.

This year Rainbow Blades partnered up with SayiT to co-host this year’s IDAHOBIT.

James Laley, founder and chair of Rainbow Blades and Ellie Wilson, defender for Sheffield United spoke at the event, sharing how they are fighting LGBTQ+ discrimination within football.

The 2023 theme, “Together always: united in diversity” provides an opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate one another.



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