While generally speaking progress has been made over the years in many countries towards recognising the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people (GLBT) people, discrimination still exists.
Recently Russia and some African nations have legislated to further deny rights to GLBT people.
While GLBT people in Australia have a variety of rights, there has been discussion about marriage equality and the human rights discrimination bill where differences still exist between straight and GLBT people.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on May 17 is an opportunity to fight against homophobic and transphobic laws that many people live under and address the violence and lack of dignity that GLBT people face in their lives around the world.
May 17 is the date that in 1990 the World Health Organization decided to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder and as such is an appropriate day to take action against homophobia and transphobia.
Ways to mark IDAHO
• Note IDAHO on the calendar