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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia (IDAHOT)

Posted 15th January 2018.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on the 17th May, this day is designed to promote the rights of all LGBTQ people across the world.  LGBTQ rights are supported on a global scale during IDAHOT.

IDAHOT is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 countries where same-sex acts are still illegal. It is hard to believe in a country where we have individual liberty and where we are encouraged to have mutual respect for each other this being a member of the LGBTQ community could be illegal. However these practises still exist:

  • At least 81 countries around the world criminalise 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. Millions of LGBTQ people live in fear
  • In 10 countries same sex acts are punishable by death penalty

To learn more about how you can support the LGBTQ community and IDAHOT see their website at

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