In recognition of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17, the Human Rights Campaign joins Logo and the United Nations Free & Equality Campaign in highlighting the resilience of activists across the world who work tirelessly for the rights of LGBTQ people.
HRC is a partner in Logo’s Global Ally campaign, a year-long multi-platform storytelling project which features video interviews with dozens of international LGBTI activists. The campaign provides Logo’s audience with first-hand looks into the lives of LGBTI individuals across the world and features more than a dozen ways that LGBTI people and allies can take action for international equality. The Global Ally campaign features several of the incredible innovators who attended HRC’s inaugural Global Innovative Advocacy Summit earlier this year.
HRC also partnered with the United Nations Free & Equal (U.N.F.E.) Campaign in the release of their inspiring video Why We Fight. The U.N.F.E. Campaign asked people to help create a video that captures some of the strength and spirit that LGBTQ activists and allies bring to their work and the sheer diversity of causes that help make up the movement globally. The result is a celebration of activism and a reminder of why we fight.
IDAHOT was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, political leaders, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ people and those who do not conform to socially defined sexual and gender norms. IDAHOT also recognizes significant advances in LGBTQ equality through celebrations that raise the visibility of the LGBTQ community.
Millions of people around the world commemorate IDAHOT and many authorities, including city councils, national governments, regional institutions and United Nations agencies, have officially recognized the holiday.
IDAHOT also reminds us that there is still a lot of work to do. At least 75 countries criminalize same-sex relationships and same-sex conduct may be punishable by death in up to 10 countries. HRC Global stands in solidarity with advocates everywhere against homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and all forms of hate facing the LGBTQ community across the globe. Read more about the work of HRC Global here.