“… by centering the debates on the ‘phobia’, it allows the paradigm shift that the problem is not the diversity in human sexualities and gender expressions, but the irrational rejection they provoke in some people.” (IDAHO)

“May 17 represents the only annual moment when we work together with organizations from other countries, on the same issues.” (IDAHO)

In recognition of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), and the global theme for this year of alliances for solidarity, easy-to-use leaflets have been developed to build support among allies. You can download and print them for your use and/or to share in your work area. If you are a service-user of BSUH NHS Trust and are in the vicinity on the 17th of May, come and get some resources from us – we will be in the Audrey Emerton Building, 2nd Floor, from 12pm to 2pm. This is your opportunity to ask questions and find out about what the hospital is doing to make services safe for patients and staff.

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Equality and inclusion are two concepts that necessitate wide structural change to be effective and sustainable. It would not be possible to progress without the support, commitment and recognition from allies who may be our colleagues, neighbours, friends, members of our family, local community leaders and so forth.

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The focus on forging alliances also provides all of us with the reminder to think about other marginalised and stigmatised groups and how we can build fairer structures and institutions to ensure equity for all.

History

IDAHOT was launched in 2004 to inform the public, media and policy makers about the stigma and routine violence and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world. May the 17th commemorates the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

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The day has become the largest solidarity event and is recognised in over 130 countries. The day helps to mobilise support and recognition for the human rights of people regardless of  sexual orientation or gender identity or gender expression and major international institutions such as the United Nations mark the day annually.

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Resources

In Brighton the LGBT Community Safety Forum is running an event outside Jubilee Library in Brighton from 6pm. More information can be found on their website.

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