Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)
Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) and it is just as important, if not more so, now than when the date was first established in 2004.
So what is the significance of May 17? Well, it’s the date when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990. Yes, 19 frigging 90!!
To say we have come a long way since then would be an understatement but to even suggest that battle is won would be utter fallacy. Trans rights are being dismantled in the USA under our very noses and terrifying right wing movements are gaining traction the world over with openly homophobic political leaders coming power.
On this very site we can only bring you a portion of what happens to LGBTQ+ people around the world. From the hunting down and torture of gay men and women in Chechnya, horrific crackdowns in Nigeria and last week’s nightmarish ‘honour killing’ of Alireza Fazeli Monafred in Iran sending shockwaves across the globe. There is NO honour in discrimination, NO religious doctrine for bigotry and hate, NO excuse for committing crimes against people due to their sexuality or gender identity.
There are 69 countries where same sex relationships are still criminalised and 26 countries where transgender people face punishment on top of being one of the highest risk categories when it comes to violent crime and murder.
Today is a day for visibility, to challenge our leaders (and ourselves) to do more. Discrimination is still rife even WITHIN the LGBTQ+ community after all. While you may not see IDAHOBIT all over the news as it should be today, we should all stand together against ANY discrimination and remember that not one section of the LGBTQ+ community is safe until we ALL are.
Sports teams, individuals, companies, political parties – there is a lot out there about IDAHOBIT but there can always be more. We liked this one from IKEA (our choice, we aren’t affiliated in any way).