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4 things to know about homophobia, transphobia

Today the world celebrates International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Here are 4 things to know about the day.

  1. May 17 was chosen to mark this day because on May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization  declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.
  2. IDAHOT has been marked since 2014.
  3. 2.9 billion people still live under laws which criminalise same-sex relationships. That’s nearly half of the world’s population. (
  4. May 17 2016: Canada introduces Bill C-16 to "ensure that Canadians will be free to identify themselves and to express their gender as they wish while being protected against discrimination and hate".

And lastly, below is a video from the United Nations Human Rights Office's Free and Equal campaign. The video features Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” was released on the eve of IDAHOT 2016.