May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Join the observance day and help your community be more inclusive! There’s nothing to fear here; we’re all different in a way. Learn more about this important day!

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia or IDAHOBIT. This is an observance day with a global reach with a precise aim of drawing attention to violence and discrimination towards people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

A global focus is achieved with the commitment of countless large and small advocacy organizations in over 130 countries looking to educate the public about sexual orientation and gender diversity. They also look to draw the attention of decision-makers, corporations, opinion leaders, authorities and the media.

A decentralized IDAHOBIT Commission helps collect information and statistics about the organizations’ diverse topics, the actions taken around the world, and the results. The data is compiled in an annual report that has become one of the most accurate sources for information about the achievements regarding equality at a global, national and local scales.

There are still 69 countries where homosexuality and non-binary genders are criminalized. Although much has been achieved in terms of education, equality and acceptance, there’s still a long way to go to achieve equal rights for transgender people and bisexual men and women. There’s still opportunities regarding violence, lack of representation and discrimination in all levels of society.

May 17 is a day to go out and make a statement. Whether or not you are part of a vulnerable group because equality starts with fighting for other people’s rights and not just your own. With a bright future ahead and extraordinary achievements already accomplished, there’s lots to celebrate on this special day. Just say no to discrimination!

History of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to culminate a year-long campaign to draw attention to the increasing violence and discrimination in our communities. Gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex people suffer significantly from unfounded judgment and mistreatment, and that must end.

The World Health Organization declassified homosexuality on May 17, 1990, which is why this day is celebrated worldwide. With people celebrating this memorable day in over 130 countries, countless initiatives are changing every corner of the earth, even in countries where same-sex acts are illegal.

It has become clear that gender identities and sexual preferences are more varied than we had imagined, and with diversity, there’s a pressing need for equality. Many organizations put together the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia in a decentralized manner. Hence, there is no one association defending the rights of people with distinct sexual orientations but many.

How to Celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Be part of the many events and demonstrations taking place during the IDAHOBIT. While you’re at it, read about the distinct sexual orientations and gender identities. Knowledge is the best way of defeating discrimination.

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