IDAHOT Day – International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
History: Conceived in 2004; the date of May 17 was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. As of 2019, 69 countries still criminalize same-sex relationships and Transgender individuals are also disproportionately at risk of violence across the globe.
Aim: The main purpose of the May 17 mobilisations are to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBT+ communities worldwide, which in turn provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion, and wider civil society.
For more information please visit https://may17.org/ and other Irish LGBT+ organisations.