Saturday this weekend, marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a day where international events raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.
In Sheffield this year events will be held on Saturday 17th May at:
Sheffield Peace Gardens 5.30pm-6.00pm (assemble from 5.15pm)
Millennium Gallery 7.00p-10.30pm
Below is a bit of background on IDAHOT…
IDAHO stands for the International Day Against Homophobia (as well as Biphobia and Transphobia). They run on an international level but have their headquarters in Paris where the concept was thought up and founded.
The first IDAHO was held in 2005 and was a commemoration of the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental health issues. This campaign brought the first ever LGBT event in countries such as the Congo, China, and Bulgaria. Transphobia was added in 2009 and for the following year transphobia was targeted. IDAHO has been successful enough to receive the support of over 300 non-governmental organisations from over 75 different countries.
The main aim of this organisation is to raise awareness regarding LGBT+ issues and to enter into a dialogue in order to continue raising awareness of such issues as there are still 75 countries in which is it illegal to be homosexual and in 7 of these countries the penalty is death.
It is believed that by engaging with the media, policy makers and the public and the public not only can awareness be raised regarding the issues that LGBT individuals and communities face but makes some changes so the issues no longer are issues.
A further aim is to showcase examples of where positive changes have been made such as France removing transgender from their official list of mental health issues list.