Remember 17th May is The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

The common misconception of IDAHOBT being just another day to celebrate the sexual and gender diversity; takes away from the importance and the activist aspect of the day. The date of 17th of May has a meaning on its own. In 1990 on that day the World Health Assembly of the World Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

In 2004 IDAHOBT was launched to celebrate LGBTQI+ people globally and draw the popular attention to the challenges they face in everyday life. Since then IDAHOBT has established itself, the single most important day for LGBTQI+ communities to mobilise worldwide. It is celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal.

Thousands of initiatives and celebrations take place around the world each year.  The day being a global landmark draws the attention of decision makers, corporations, the media, international organisations and the general public to the discrimination and issues faced by people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. Today celebration of IDAHOBT aims to champion inclusion and build a more open and better world for the LGBTIQ+ community.

Remember 17th May is The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO to IDAHOTB or IDAHOBIT). Please support this day by acknowledging it on your social media.

If you know someone struggling with their sexuality or gender identity, then Outline in Surrey is here to help. Email: info@outlinesurrey.org.uk or call 01483 727 667.

For more information on IDAHOTB: https://may17.org/about/

Donate to Outline: http://outlinesurrey.org.uk/contact-helpline/helpline-resources/donate/

Have a look at last year’s celebration:

http://may17.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/IDAHOTB2018annuary-r.compressed.pdf

Celebrate IDAHOBT in Surrey:

http://outlinesurrey.org.uk/event/idahot2019-surrey-history-centre/