Sunday, 12 May 2013

International Day Against Homophobia - May 17th

This May 17th I am supporting the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Across the world and the UK, gay and lesbian people still face persecution, discrimination and abuse on an all-too-frequent basis. No one should be maltreated as a result of their sexuality in 2013. There cannot be differeing degrees of equality.

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) is a charity offering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual communities. A nationally significant charity, which supports over 40,000 LGB people a year, they provide more direct services and resources to more LGB people than any other organisation of the kind in the UK. They campaign for a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay and bisexual people can achieve their full potential.

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is marked every year around the world to call for respect for lesbians, gay, bisexual and trans people worldwide. It marks the date that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation on May 17th 1992.

It seems ridiculous to us now that homosexuality was at one time considered a disease, and our respect for the freedoms of homosexual people is now reflected in our laws. However this is not the case all over the world, and there have been worrying developments in some countries in terms of the re-illegalisation of homosexuality and the violent punishment of it as a crime.