The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is commemorated annually on May 17th.

This day serves as a global platform to raise awareness about the violence and discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ communities worldwide. Established in 2004, IDAHOBIT coincides with the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. This was 17 years after the American Psychiatric Association had done the same.

The importance of IDAHOBIT cannot be overstated. It fosters solidarity, educates the public, and empowers individuals to stand against hate and intolerance. Each year, events and campaigns are organised around the world, from public demonstrations and educational seminars to art exhibitions and social media campaigns. These activities aim to challenge prejudices, foster a culture of acceptance, and promote the rights and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals. As we celebrate IDAHOBIT 2024, let’s celebrate the progress made and also be reminded of the work still needed to ensure that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can live with dignity and respect. The recent drama with the Cumberland Council’s same-sex parents’ book ban is a sobering reminder (Cumberland Council’s Book Ban Hypocrisy).

IDAHOBIT is more than just a day of recognition; it is a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggles and the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community. IDAHOBIT is also a call to action for policymakers and communities to implement measures that protect and support LGBTQ+ individuals. It encourages the adoption of inclusive policies, the establishment of anti-discrimination laws , and the promotion of safe environments in schools, workplaces, and public spaces. The day also serves as an educational tool, providing resources and information to debunk myths and stereotypes about LGBTQ+ people.

If we stand united and work together to create equality and end discrimination, we get encouraging results (Cumberland Council – sanity prevails)

Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) is committed to ending unnecessary suffering caused by ignorance and misinformation about sexual orientation and gender identity. ABBI’s mission is to create understanding and acceptance for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual. transgender, queer) people, empower community members and build bridges with churches, religious organisations and leaders. If you’d like to support our work details are HERE.