Five Things to Know About International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Today is IDAHOT, an annual day to bring attention to the discrimination & violence LGBTQ people around the world face, as well as celebrate the achievements in advancing equality. At least 75 countries criminalize same-sex relationships & in 10 countries same-sex conduct is punishable by death. Here are five things you should know about IDAHOT:
  1. IDAHOT is honored annually on May 17 to commemorate the World Health Organization's decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990.
  2. IDAHOT was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, political leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ people and those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms internationally.
  3. IDAHOT was initially known by the acronym "I.DA.HO" for International Day Against Homophobia, but "transphobia" was added in 2009, followed by "biphobia" in 2015, to recognize the different and specific issues at stake for transgender and bisexual people.
  4. IDAHOT is now celebrated in more than 120 countries, including at least 30 countries where same-sex acts are illegal.
  5. According to DayAgainstHomophobia.org, IDAHOT is commemorated by millions of people around the world, and the day has been given official recognition by many authorities at all levels, from city councils to governments, to European Institutions and U.N. agencies.