Your own private IDAHO
Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – generally referred to as IDAHO or IDAHOBIT.
Why 17 May?
IDAHOBIT is celebrated annually on 17 May. The date was chosen – by founder Louis-Georges Tin – to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization in 1990. The event was first celebrated in 2005.
What’s IDAHOBIT about?
The main purpose of IDAHOBIT is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBTQ communities worldwide, which in turn provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policy-makers, public opinion, and wider civil society.
One of the goals of IDAHOBIT is to create an event that can be visible at a global level without needing to conform to a specific type of action. This decentralised approach is needed due to the diversity of social, religious, cultural, and political contexts in which rights violations occur.
How do you take part in IDAHOBIT?
Let your imagination run wild! You could post something on social media, you could watch a queer film, you could host a discussion in your school, college, or workplace.
In Taiwan, the parliament has celebrated IDAHOBIT by passing the legislation required for marriage equality.
The sky’s the limit!