May 17th marks world IDAHO day, International Day Against Homophobia, a worldwide 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.
Currently only 11 countries recognise same sex marriages and shockinly 76 countries still prosecute people on the grounds of the sexual orientation. Part of the aim of IDAHO day is to make people aware of such inequalities, 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.
An International Day Against Homophobia belongs to no one individual. Its about all people hoping for a prejudice-free world that can provide a place at the table for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. Inspired by all world theme-days, the day set aside to fight homophobia needs to be appropriated by all of those actively involved in civil society: gay and lesbian community organisations, those organisations focusing on other types of sexual diversity, unions, employers, private businesses, governments, public administration, professional associations, and all individuals seeking equality.
This year Men's Sexual Health will be visiting Tesco Extra, Ocotal Way, Swindon to raise awereness for this day, and encourage the community of Swindon to show their support.
To find out more information on IDAHO and other events around the world, visit the official page http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org