International Day Against Homophobia

On the 17th of May many communities celebrate and mark International Day Against Homophobia, better known around the world as IDAHO.  This date marks an important day in LGBT rights history as it commemorates the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in 1990.

Homophobia is defined as the irrational fear or hatred of people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and it is experienced by people of all ages, sexualities, cultures and backgrounds. 

IDAHO as an official ‘movement’  is now in its 7th year, coordinating and promoting events around the world.  Last year saw organisations from over 90 countries participating in the International Day Against Homophobia, from political statements to community events, local campaigns and street protests, ground breaking reports and information sessions – every organisation can use IDAHO  as a unique way to engage with communities and show solidarity with the global LGBT movement.  Due to the diversity of our world cultures, religions, communities and experience, IDAHO does not define itself as one centralised campaign, but describes itself as:

 ‘an opportunity for all to fight for sexual diversity and gender freedom according to the context they work in. It is a moment, a space that everyone, both within and beyond the LGBTI movement, can take advantage of to take action’'.

LGBT Youth Scotland participates in the IDAHO movement each year, with events or publicity that is relevant to communities in Scotland.  This year we are supporting South Lanarkshire Council with 2 events to celebrate diversity and engage with LGBT community members.  You can find out more about the public IDAHO event in South Lanarkshire by going to the History Month Scotland website here.

You can find out more about the IDAHO movement by clicking here.  More IDAHO events are listed on the LGBT History Month Scotland website, click here for listings.

LGBT History Month Scotland can also support organisations and groups who would like to develop events for key dates such as IDAHO, find out more about this project by clicking here.