For this year's International Day against Homophobia, Bi-, Inter- and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17.05.2021, the University of Bayreuth flew the rainbow flag on campus for the first time. Furthermore, the flag is raised from 24.06. to 30.06.2021 to draw attention to Pride Month.

With its Structure and Development Plan StEP 2025 and its signing of the Charta of Diversity, the University of Bayreuth has unmistakably committed itself to diversity, gender equality, and inclusion. In its Anti-Discrimination Guidelines, the University describes how it sees itself as a "non-discriminatory and non-violent place to study, teach, and work". 

By flying the rainbow flag as well as the flag of diversity, the University of Bayreuth hopes to make its commitment against the discrimination of marginalised groups even clearer. 

"In recent years, we have been able to initiate many positive developments at the University of Bayreuth. The rainbow flag makes this commitment clear once again."

(Miriam Bauch, Head of the Equal Opportunity Department). 

The historical background
IDAHOBIT has been celebrated on 17 May since 2005. The date commemorates 17 May 1990, when the World Health Organisation decided to remove homosexuality from its diagnostic code of diseases.

In June, the world celebrates Pride Month. Every year, millions of people around the world celebrate and demonstrate for the rights of the queer community. Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York. On the night of 28 June 1969, homosexuals and other sexual minorities stood up to police brutality at the Stonewall Inn bar on Christopher Street.

The rainbow flag has been a party-politically neutral symbol since 1978 and stands for social peace, equality, and anti-discrimination.

The service facilities of the University of Bayreuth are accessible to all students und staff of the University even after Pride Month. In cases of discrimination and harassment, you have the possibility to initiate a complaint on the basis of the University’s anti-discrimination policy.

Dr. Miriam Bauch

Miriam BauchHead of the Equal Opportunity Department ​ / Advisor for the Women's Representatives

University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstraße 30 / B 8
95447 Bayreuth
Tel.: +49 921 / 55-2218

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