The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) has been marked on 17 May every year since 2004 and represents an annual opportunity to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities across the world to the alarming situations still faced by many lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.
It is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including many where same-sex relationships are still illegal. These celebrations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. The date of 17 May was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. However, discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and gender identity still exists throughout the world.
LJMU has marked IDAHOT for a number of years and this year’s event will be on Sunday 15 May. The main purpose of the event is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination and repression directed at LGBTI individuals and communities worldwide and to focus this year’s international theme, ‘Mental Health’.
LJMU is working in partnership with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, Unison North West LGBT Group and Queer Notions to put on a programme of activities to ensure that hate crime and stigma relating to LGBTI people in Liverpool and across the world is recognised and challenged and that our own diverse communities are celebrated. The event will include a mix of discussion groups, music, comedy, information stalls, a presentation from the Lord Mayor and diverse LGBTI community member and a light buffet.