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International Day Against Homophobia - May 17

IDAHOT LogoOn May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) will be recognized by over 130 countries around the world.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia has been celebrated every year on May 17 since 2004. May 17 was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. This day draws the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ people internationally. At the International Conference on LGBT Community Human Rights in 2006, the Declaration of Montreal included a recommendation to host an International Day Against Homophobia on May 17 of each year. Most United Nations agencies also mark the day with specific events.

Worldwide LGBTQ organizations have chosen the global theme Alliances for Solidarity. Indeed no battle can win in isolation. We all need to see strengthening alliances, especially when we need to ensure safety, fight violence, lobby for legal change and/or campaign to change hearts and minds. ETFO has long worked to provide materials, education and professional development as a vehicle to create awareness and safe spaces for all members and their students. Our focus on learning and educating to change attitudes and behaviour about homophobia, transphobia and biphobia has been achieved in numerous ways.

Please see our LGBTQ Programs and Initiatives document (PDF |Word), which lists all of ETFO’s professional learning opportunities. ETFO also provides materials, resources and curriculum materials to our members.

Other resources that may be of use:

In Canada, Fondation Émergence launched its In my country it’s still a crime to show my colours campaign which highlights human changes that trans people experience and aims to raise public awareness about them.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is an organization that advocates for LGBTI people’s rights on a global level. Each year they produce four maps about sexual orientation laws around the world:

Use ETFO’s social media twitter channel @ETFOpink to share International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia messages and events.