Each year on 17 May the UK and countries across the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).
IDAHOT was founded by Louis Georges Tin, a French academic and campaigner against homophobia and racism, in 2005. It is now officially recognised by the UK and celebrated in 130 countries across the world. It is celebrated on 17 May to mark the anniversary of the decision, in 1990, to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases published by the World Health Organisation.
Even today it is estimated that 81 UN Member States still criminalise consensual sex between same-sex adults. Of these, seven still consider the death penalty an efficient tool in combating what they call a ‘disease.’
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