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In an op-ed for The Advocate, HRC Director of Global Engagement Ty Cobb commemorates International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Though 2013 brought tremendous advancement for the international LGBT community, it also brought, in equal measure, great setbacks. 

Tomorrow on IDAHOT, let us reflect on the work that lies ahead and celebrate those who continue to bend the arc toward justice.

Ty Cobb writes:

“The reason is May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and its goal is to draw attention to the ongoing problem of violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT people globally. First recognized in 2004 — and often abbreviated as IDAHO, IDAHOT, or even IDAHOBIT — the date falls on the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder, which took place in 1990.

Although IDAHOT is incredibly important to millions of LGBT activists around the world, it’s relatively unknown to most of the American public, including many LGBT people. What’s also elusive to some is a broader awareness about many of the successes and setbacks that LGBT activists, advocates, and allies have experienced in the global equality movement.” 

Global Engagement Program works to leverage HRC’s domestic LGBT work and passionate membership base to be a strong partner in the global equality movement. To learn more about Equality Rising, click here.

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