The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (also IDAHO, IDAHOT, or IDAHOBiT) is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTIQ rights work worldwide.
The day was conceived in 2004. A year-long campaign culminated in the first International Day Against Homophobia on May 17, 2005. 24,000 individuals as well as organizations such as the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), the World Congress of LGBT Jews, and the Coalition of African Lesbians signed an appeal to support the “IDAHO initiative”. Activities for the day took place in many countries, including the first LGBT events ever to take place in the Congo, China, and Bulgaria.
In 2009, transphobia was added to the name of the campaign, and activities that year focused primarily on transphobia (violence and discrimination against transgender people). A new petition was launched in cooperation with LGBT organizations in 2009, and it was supported by more than 300 NGOs from 75 countries, as well as three Nobel Prize winners (Elfriede Jelinek, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, and Luc Montagnier). On the eve of May 17, 2009, France became the first country in the world to officially remove transgender issues from its list of mental illnesses.
Frenchman Louis-Georges Tin was founder of the day, and acted as IDAHO Committee Chairperson until his resignation in September 2013. He was succeeded by internationally renowned Venezuelan trans rights activist, lawyer and law professor Tamara Adrian.
Louis-Georges Tin and two other IDAHO Committee members started a hunger-strike on June 2012 to urge the French presidentHollande to introduce a UN resolution decriminalising homosexuality.
The founders of the International Day Against Homophobia, established the IDAHO Committee to cooordinate grass-roots actions in different countries, to promote the day and to lobby for official recognition of May 17. IDAHO’s date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990.
“We should not forget our suffering, we should not forget our history, we should continue the fight against any form of discrimination, we should not forget our day of 17th May, We should not forget the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)”
Uganda Gay On Move (UGOM) will commemorate this day on 23rd May under the umbrella of COC Rotterdam.
Great thanks to the main sponsors of this event Bob Angelo Fonds and COC Netherlands. Aluta continua!
“Human rights is our pride”
NB: Those in quest of the UGOM T-shirts, we shall have them on that day in all sizes.