Today, May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT).
IDAHOT is an annual day to draw attention to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals, as well as all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms. Did you know?
• At least 81 countries in the world criminalize same sex relationships
This means that 40% of the world’s population (or 2.8 billion people) are not free to choose who they love. In 10 countries, the death penalty can be applied for same sex acts.
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 10-24
LGB youth are four times as likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers. Suicide rates for Transgender individuals are even higher.
• IDAHOT is now celebrated in more than 130 countries (including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal)
1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014.
IDAHOT’s message against hate is truly universal, and serves to unite millions in support of recognition of human rights for all. In recognition of this day, our request is simple: please remind your colleagues, friends and family to be mindful of their own biases and actions and encourage them to accept others for who they are.