The first International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) was held on May 17th in 2005. The day was established in recognition of the date in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. IDAHOBIT is celebrated in over 120 countries around the world.

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Why is it important to recognise this day?

Stigmatisation, marginalisation and persecution of LGBTQ people continues. In many countries LGBTQ people are denied their basic human rights. For example, over 72 countries criminalise same sex relations; in 10 countries people are subject to the death penalty for same sex acts; only 4 countries in Europe allow a trans person’s identity to be recognised through a process of self-determination.

Millions of LGBTQ people live in fear of their lives, are separated from loved ones when they have had to flee persecution, are subject to constant stress due to fear of being outed in unsafe environments and cannot live as themselves due to stigmatisation, discrimination and being considered less than equal under the law. Workplace discrimination for LGBT people runs at 1 in 5 and half to two-thirds of LGBT youth experience bullying in schools. Did you know that around 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ? Bullying, rejection and isolation leaves deep scars and affects human potential.

This year include yourself in the recognition of this important day. More information about events in your area can be found at IDAHOT.

In Brighton there will be a gathering of people to mark the day from 6 pm onwards at New Steine Gardens.