May 17 is the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. So what is it, why is it important and how can you get involved?
Established in 2004 to give visibility to the violence and discrimination experienced by the LGBTIQ community worldwide, IDAHOT is an international day of action held on May 17 every year.
This date was chosen as it's the anniversary of the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Also known as IDAHOBIT, IDAHOT is the largest LGBTIQ solidarity event in the world, with over 1,000 events taking place in more than 130 countries, including 37 countries where same-sex acts are illegal.
At a time when conservatives are attempting to reclaim family values and are threatening LGBTIQ rights, the IDAHOT commitee chose families as this year's theme. The focus will be on the role families play in the well-being of their LGBTIQ members and the rights of rainbow families.
We already know that in 2017 gay Chechen men have been detained and tortured, that Donald Trump declared war on the LGBT community, and that Australia still doesn’t have marriage equality, but here are some facts you may not know:
•2016 was the deadliest year on record for transgender people. 27 transgender people were killed in the United States and nearly all of the victims were transgender women of colour
•Same-sex relationships are still illegal in 72 countries. The death penalty is implemented in Sudan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Yemen & under Sharia law in 12 northern states in Nigeria & southern parts of Somalia
•23 out of 46 Asian countries criminalise same-sex behavior
•LGBT activist were detained in Moscow last week for attempting to present a petition demanding an investigation into the detainment & torture of the Chechen 100. Police appear to have confiscated the petition.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
•Join an event in your community. From vigils for the Chechen 100 to family picnics and movie nights, there’s something for everyone. Click on the links below to find an event near you.
•Declare your support on social media – IDAHOT has specially designed artworks and memes for you to share.
•Donate to or take action with organisations around the world that need your help. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Human rights Campaign
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Australian Marriage Equality
IRQR - Iranian Railroad For Queer Refugees
All Out Fundraiser For Detained Russian Activists
•GET YOUR SCHOOL INVOLVED: IDAHOT has resources to help teachers take action in schools, where LGBTIQ students around the world generally experience high levels of abuse, harassment and verbal or physical violence.
•GET YOUR WORKPLACE INVOLVED: Check that your workplace is showing its commitment to equality and inclusion by organising an event and communicating its support for IDAHOT.
And finally, share the love with others who are getting involved, like the friends who had a go and put this video together. Hopefully no animals were harmed in the making of the clip.
Happy IDAHOT everyone!