So what is the IDAHOT? It’s the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia or IDAHOT for shot. It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social justice movements, the media and the public to the violence and discrimination faced internationally by TBLGI people.
The IDAHOT has the goal of mobilizing and uniting millions of people in support of the
recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
It coincides with the May 17, 1990 date that the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. It’s something the international transgender community is working toward having happen in terms of depathologizing transsexuality with the upcoming edition of the ICD-11
When it was founded it was known as the International Day Against Homophobia or IDAHO. Transphobia was added to the title in 2009 to recognize the different issues impacting sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. This year, to acknowledge the issues faced by bisexual people, biphobia was added to the title.
IDAHOT is recognized by 130 nations, the European Parliament, and other local authorities around the globe. Several UN agencies also recognize the IDAHOT with specific events.
And yes, it has its own hashtag #IDAHOT2015
So no May 17, let’s join folks around the world in recognizing the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and seek to create greater awareness of what people need to do to eradicate it.