You are here
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.
- May 17 was chosen to mark this day because on May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.
- IDAHOT has been marked since 2014.
- 2.9 billion people still live under laws which criminalise same-sex relationships. That’s nearly half of the world’s population. (http://rightsinfo.org).
- 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.
This is the official voice of mindyourmind.
Find blogs with relevant and up-to-date info about mental health, society and other youth topics; written by a variety of youth and professional contributors.