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May 17th: World IDAHO Day

Once again, May 17th marks world IDAHO day. IDAHO day is an internationally recognised day for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people, and heterosexual people supporting them, to come together to campaign for equal rights, equal treatment and reduce hate crime.

Only 11 countries recognise same sex marriages. 76 countries prosecuted people on the grounds of the sexual orientation. LGBT people are up to 5 times more likely to attempt suicide. The aim of IDAHO day is to prevent this, and promote the social acceptance of being LGBT.

May 17th was chosen because it marks the anniversary of the decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders, a turning point for the social acceptance of LGBT people. Last year in the UK, there were 100 events around the country, ranging from a stand in a town centre handing out leaflets and advice, to film events in London during which 200 people attended a screening of a new film, "suddenly last winter". This year, we aim to beat this figure, and get even more people to attend the events that are happening. To find out what's on near you, click on the link below.

You can go to the IDAHO day website to find out more information, and find out how to get involved.

Remember that we offer help and advice to anyone who is LGBT, and offer a support group for people in Wiltshire, called 2BME. Visit the 2BME website for more information.