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May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

May 17, 2024

Guelph, ON — The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOTB) is observed on May 17th each year. It aims to raise awareness of the discrimination and violence experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people worldwide.

IDAHOTB provides an opportunity to promote greater understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of LGBTI individuals in societies around the globe. It also serves as a platform to advocate for the rights and well-being of LGBTI communities, challenging discrimination and fostering equality.

The day originated in 2004 when Louis-Georges Tin, a French academic and activist, founded the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. Over the years, the observance has expanded to include transphobia and biphobia, recognizing the intersectional challenges faced by diverse gender and sexual identities.

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