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idahoOn Thursday the 17th of May all over the world people will be marking International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

IDAHO was created in 2004 to draw attention to harmful homophobia and transphobia and to promote a world of tolerance, respect, awareness, and freedom regardless of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Just as much as it is a day against violence and oppression it is also a celebration of freedom, diversity and acceptance.

 

May 17th each year was chosen to commemorate the decision taken by the World Health Organisation in 1990 to take homosexuality out of the list of mental disorders. The diversity of social, religious, cultural and political contexts in which the rights to express both gender freedom and same-sex relationships need to be addressed and virtually makes it impossible for the IDAHO to take on one specific form or agenda.

It is for this very reason that IDAHO is not once centralised campaign, but is an opportunity for people all over the world to fight for sexual diversity and gender freedom in everyday life.

The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is now celebrated in more then 70 countries across the globe, where LGBT organisations, universities, governments, and human rights organisations engage in a variety of activities to celebrate IDAHO.

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