May 17: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Tomorrow, May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. This year, IDAHO is focusing on transphobia:

Each year, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (the “IDAHO”, as it is usually called), will see actions and initiatives take place in many countries and contexts and on many different issues.

All these activities and initiatives are a very strong signal to all, decisions makers, public opinion, civil rights movements, human rights defenders, etc. throughout the world that our fights for our Rights as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, intersex, etc… is vibrant!

The Day provides all different kind of actors with a very powerful opportunity to express their demands and to advocate for their case. Each year also, the IDAHO aims at using the extra public, political and media attention that it provides at all levels to highlight one specific aspect of the struggle for sexual rights.

This year, we chose to highlight the often neglected but important issue of Transphobia.

Click here to read the full appeal for rights for all trans people across the world (pdf). And then click here to sign the appeal yourself.

Remember, this is an international appeal, so anyone can sign.  And of course, don’t forget to spread the word.

via Questioning Transphobia

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4 comments for “May 17: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

  1. May 17, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Promoting respect for freedom of sexual orientation has picked up steam in Cuba in recent years. Among its activities in that direction, the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) organizes an educational and cultural day geared to fight all types of discrimination based on sexual orientation. more information at

  2. May 18, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I really love the international and action-oriented focus of this project, and their FAQ answers to questions about other forms of discrimination and the interconnection of struggles and rights, and the necessity to keep the focus on more than just gay men’s rights. Right on. Their hand-holding action idea is really cute and beautifully simple too.

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