International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO)

Observed on 17 May, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO). aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations.

It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.

The theme this year is Alliances for Solidarity. It is a perfect opportunity to think about how we can work and fight together and for one another.

People are being encouraged to look at how oppression can overlap and interlink.

‘As Patrisse Khan-Cullors said at her book reading last month, in response to people questioning the Black Lives Matter intersectional approach and fighting for LGBT people, if you believe that Black Lives Matter, you’re fighting for ALL black lives’, Chloe Cousins from The Proud Trust told TNT.

In under a decade, IDAHO has established itself as one of the most important dates for LGBTI communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale.

IDAHO 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.

IDAHO is not one centralised campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to act.

The date of 17 May was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

In 2009, transphobia was added to the name of the campaign, and activities that year focused primarily on transphobia (violence and discrimination against transgender people).

Biphobia was added to the name of the campaign in 2015.


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