17 May is IDAHO: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17, 2013

In more than 80 countries around the world, loving someone of the same sex is still considered illegal, at times involving lifetime imprisonment, and in nine countries it is even punishable by death. In many more countries still, social homophobia and transphobia deny millions of people their basic human dignity every day.

Therefore in 2004, the IDAHO committee, with support from Hivos, created the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) to draw attention to this issue. And with success! Today it is used by activists from more than 100 countries all over the world as an opportunity to engage in dialogue about homophobia and transphobia with the media, policy makers, public opinion, civil society and religious groups. Examples from countries as diverse as Russia, Iran, China, Burma, Bolivia, Botswana and South Africa show that the day is an important moment for local activists in the fight against homophobia and transphobia.

The IDAHO Committee promotes this world-wide advocacy initiative by providing local and national activists with powerful advocacy and campaigning tools. It also develops initiatives to enhance the visibility and recognition of the Day internationally.

Hivos supports the IDAHO committee within the LGBT focal area of our Rights & Citizenship programme with funds, knowledge and networks. We also collaborate with activists on the local level to raise awareness of the day in the countries where we work.

Watch the Official video of IDAHO.