Celebrating IDAHOBIT Day at WNHS

May 17, 2021

Staff, patients and local community brightened up the hospital corridors today (17 May) to celebrate IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia Biphobia and Transphobia) at WNHS.

There was a sea of rainbows as staff embraced the opportunity to show their support for their diverse colleagues and patients.

At 10am Executive Director, Women and Newborn Health Service Jodi Graham did the inaugural flag raising of the Philadelphia Pride Rainbow coloured flag, along with special guest Senator Louise Pratt who said the occasion put into perspective, the importance of diversity and inclusion.

More than 100 guests from the hospital and the community attended the flag raising and loud cheer was heard as the Philadelphia ‘More Colour More Pride’ Rainbow flag was raised at King Edward Memorial Hospital for the first time.

That flag consisting of 8 colours represents:

Black for Inclusive of ‘black’ people

Brown for Inclusive of ‘brown’ people

Red for Life

Orange for Healing

Yellow for Sunlight

Green for Nature

Blue for Serenity

Purple for Spirit.

Celebrating IDAHOBIT Day at WNHS is another step in the right direction for the health service as it prepares to apply for an official rainbow tick signalling a high standard of diversity and inclusiveness.