With Blend readers hailing from across North America and beyond, Tuesday’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (“IDAHO”) seems a fine time for folks to weigh in with a description of the state of LGBT (in)equality in your town, state or country. How about with your employer or within your church or family?
Have conditions improved or worsened for you over the past year? Take the poll (below the fold): Compared to last year, my life today as an LGBT person has…
In more than 80 countries around the world, loving someone of the same sex is still considered illegal, at times involving life-time imprisonment. In 7 countries, homosexual acts are punishable by death. In almost all countries, freedom not to act as socially determined by one person’s sex at birth is being limited by Transphobic laws and attitudes.
But even in progressive countries, Homophobia and Transphobia still exist in the form of discriminatory laws, unjust representations in the media, unfair treatment by employers, negative social attitudes, etc.
Homophobia and Transphobia target all people who don’t conform to majority sexual and gender roles.
The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (“IDAHO”) was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policy makers, opinion leaders, social movements, public opinion, the media, etc. to this issue, and to promote a world of tolerance, respect and freedom regardless of people’s sexual orientation or gender identity. As much as it is a day against violence and oppression, it is a day for freedom, diversity and acceptance. The date of May 17th was chosen to commemorate the decision taken by the World Health Organization in 1990 to take homosexuality out of the list of mental disorders. (read more here)