The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is celebrated every May 17th and is coordinated by the Paris-based “IDAHO Committee,” founded and presided by French academic Louis-Georges Tin.
The day aims to coordinate international events to garner support for the respect of lesbians, gay and transgender rights worldwide.
The idea of the Day was launched in 2004. The date of May 17 was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in 1990.
By May 17, 2005, as a result of a year-long campaigning effort, 24,000 people worldwide, and well-known international organizations like ILGA, IGLHRC, the World Congress of LGBT Jews, and the Coalition of African Lesbians, had signed the appeal to support the IDAHO initiative..
Organizations in more than 70 countries in the world now include the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia as part of their annual mobilization plan. In some of them, the Day has become the major focal point of action.
IDAHO has now been officially recognized by the EU Parliament, Spain, Belgium, the UK, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg and Brazil. It is also recognized by numerous local authorities across the world, such as the province of Quebec or the city of Buenos Aires.
Please do your part. Now more than ever. PLEASE stand up and speak out against Homophobia and Transphobia wherever and whenever you see it.