IDAHOBIT Day 2023: What is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia?
IDAHOBIT, which stands for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, is an annual special occasion that raises awareness.
It was established in 2004 to fight discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people, and people with other diverse gender identities. Today, it is celebrated in more than 130 countries.
The day was initially called International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), but biphobia, interphobia, and transphobia were later added to form IDAHOBIT.
Here is everything you need to know about this year’s celebration, including its date and theme.
When is IDAHOBIT?
IDAHOBIT takes place on May 17 each year.
It commemorates the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation (WHO) declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.
What is this year’s IDAHOBIT theme?
The theme for this year’s IDAHOBIT is “Together always: united in diversity”.
It brings attention to the importance of solidarity, allyship, and community across identities, borders, and movements.
IDAHOBIT tributes and messages of support
Last year’s theme was “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights” and a number of public figures and organisations went online to share their support for it.
Tennis star Billie Jean King said: “Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Each person has the duty to fight for equality. Each person has the right to live authentically. We must never stop working toward worldwide inclusion.”
The European Commission also shared a message: “Don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to be who you are. Don’t be afraid to show your true colours. Today we reaffirm our commitment to advance a Union of Equality. A Union of equal rights and freedoms, where diversity is celebrated as richness.”
LQBTQ+ charity Stonewall had also shared the organisation’s stance, explaining: “Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Lesbophobia & Transphobia. IDAHOBLIT aims to raise awareness of anti-LGBTQ+ hate to drive positive change. It’s our chance to remind ourselves of how far there is still to go to achieve LGBTQ+ equality.”
The Labour Party stated: “Labour stands in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia! We need to ensure LGBTQIA+ workers are protected against bias and prejudice is stamped out of workplaces.”
Lastly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) shared: “On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. WHO celebrates the right of EVERYONE to live a healthy, dignified life and celebrates diversity in people’s sexual orientation and gender identity.”