Today (Friday 17 May) is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
Launched in 2004 to celebrate LGBTIQ people globally, IDAHOBIT takes place every May the 17th to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
IDAHOBIT is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal.
IDAHOBIT’s official focus in 2019 is ‘justice for all’. The latest ILGA global report on state-sponsored homophobia lists 72 states that still criminalise same-sex sexual relations. In 45 of these states, the law is applied to women as well as men. Many more states restrict freedom of speech on gender and sexual diversities, or apply other forms of legal pressure.
Meanwhile, only 63 states provide some form of anti-discrimination protection. In some places, initial progress in justice has been followed by regression.
IDAHOBIT offers a focus for people wishing to take a stand against this lack of equality. It’s also a day of celebration. So whatever you’re doing, be sure to have a fabulous and worthwhile May the 17th!
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