International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, more commonly known as IDAHOBIT is celebrated annually on May 17th and each year, many thousands of people come together to celebrate sexual and gender diversity.

  1. It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policy-makers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQI people internationally.
  2. In under a decade, May 17th has established itself the single most important date for LGBTQI communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale.
  3. The Day represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.
  4. May 17th is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014. These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
  5. International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is not one centralised campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action.
  6. The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
  7. The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia has received official recognition from several States and international institutions such as the European Parliament, and by countless local authorities. Most United Nations agencies also mark the Day with specific events.

To find out more, visit the IDAHOBIT website, or join us at 11.00am tomorrow (Wednesday) in River Gardens for a flag raising ceremony!