International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia - Teachers Resources

(Image adapted from IDAHOT poster series by graphic designers Annakarina Cabello  and Bergin Ortiz)

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)
takes place on the 17th of May every year. It is an opportunity to take action to improve the lives of LGBTI people around the world. 

IDAHOBIT is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, uniting millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

To assist people working with young people in education to focus on challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia for this years IDAHOBIT, we’ve created assemblies and activities for schools and teachers.

For ease of planning, the assemblies are split into primary and secondary, while the activities are unlevelled and easily adaptable to suit the needs of the students.

LGBT Youth Scotland’s ‘Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People: Education Report’ tell us that LGBT young people in Scotland can face a particularly challenging time. The reports asked LGBT young people about their experiences of bullying and found that that:       

  • 69% of all LGBT respondents has experienced homophobic or biphobic bullying in school.

  • 77% of transgender respondents had experienced homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bulling at school.

  • More than half of those who had experienced homophobic and biphobic bullying believed that it has negatively impacted on their education, rising to more than 88% of those who had experienced transphobic bullying.

  • 10% of all LGBT young people had left education as a result of homophobia, biphobia or transphobia within the educational establishment.

  • 14% of all LGBT young people had left education as a result of their direct experience of homophobic or biphobic bullying, rising to 42% for those who had experienced transphobic bullying.

LGBT Youth Scotland has resources for teachers and people working in education to help address incidents of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying and to include LGBT voice and identities across the curriculum.

If you are working with a young person looking for information or support (or you are a young person yourself), find out about our local youth groups and our online digital youth work service. Our advice section, or resources for LGBT young people might also be useful.


IDAHOBIT 2017 primary assembly
IDAHOBIT 2017 primary lesson activity
IDAHOBIT 2017 secondary assembly
IDAHOBIT 2017 secondary lesson activity
IDAHOBIT secondary activity quiz 2017