||The International Day Against Homophobia and transphobia (IDAHO) is recognised in over 60 countries around the world on 17 May, the 1990 date when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
In Australia, although we’ve come a long way, unjust laws and unfriendly attitudes mean that discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is still widespread.
Most LGBTI people have to deal with homophobic or transphobic harassment or verbal abuse and many have been physically attacked just for being who they are. As a result of homophobia and discrimination, LGBT young people are more likely to start using drugs, self harm or attempt suicide.
LGBTI people in Australia are still fighting for equal rights, like the right to get married, or the right to adopt children, and some churches, schools and institutions can still legally discriminate on the basis of sexuality.
This is why we need IDAHO. It’s a great opportunity to challenge homophobia and transphobia and to celebrate diversity. Anyone can get involved and any action, big or small, makes a difference.