INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA AND BIPHOBIA
(AND PAN-PHOBIA, POLY-PHOBIA, NON-BINARY-PHOBIA, AND EVERY OTHER GENDER-AND-SEXUALITY-PHOBIA FOR THAT MATTER…)
WHAT IS IT?
IDAHOT started in 2004 to raise awareness with governments, decision makers, media and the public about the discrimination and violence STILL faced by many LGBTQ+ communities worldwide. It takes place every year on May 17th.
The official website for IDAHOT is www.daysagainsthomophobia.org & according to the site…
“May 17 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.”
Which is pretty impressive!
Why May 17th you ask? It’s the date the World Health Organisation decriminalised homosexuality, way back in 1990.
IDAHOT happens all over the world!
If you want to see what’s happening head to www.gaystarnews.com/
And if you want to know what’s happening in Manchester head over to LGBT Foundation’s site – there’s solidarity selfies in the park, info stalls in the library and exhibits in the centre.
DO WE STILL NEED IT?!
Well, uh, yeh.
Even if in your own community everyone is lovely and funky to LGBTQ+ people, the same ISN’T true for all communities, and it’s certainly not true world wide.
The theme for this year is solidarity, and that’s really important! It’s important to stand shoulder to shoulder with others all across the world and to not stop making noise about the discrimination and violence experienced by those in the LGBTQ+ community!
There’s still 74 countries where some form of same-sex contact is criminalised. Homophobic and transphobic language is still EVERYWHERE (if you don’t believe us check out www.nohomophobes.com but be warned – there’s unpleasant language there…)
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
The hashtag #IDAHOT or #IDAHOT2018 will be trending on the day
It takes a second to send a tweet or instagram (or anything else for that matter) using the hashtag and send a message of solidarity out there!