May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Created in 2004 to raise awareness about the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally, it has become a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. The date of May 17 was chosen specifically to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
This year, IDAHOT’s theme focuses on families. This focus includes both the role of families in the well-being of their LGBTI members, as well as respect for the rights of LGBTI families (rainbow families). Given the proximity in dates and values of the International Family Equality Day (IFED) in early May, this year IFED and IDAHOT were combined for joint recognition and celebration.
In honor of IDAHOT 2017, we put together a list of nine basic things that everyone needs to know about international LGBTI rights.
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