Post submitted by Saurav Jung Thapa, former Associate Director, HRC Global
Today, HRC Global launched the third edition of its annual Equality Rising: 2015 Global Equality Report to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). The groundbreaking report provides a broad overview of the tremendous work done around the world for LGBTQ equality in 2015.
Equality Rising highlights the rising visibility of the LGBTQ community, unprecedented legal and political victories and evolving societal and institutional norms that benefit LGBTQ people. It also explores the ferocious backlash, as opponents respond to this swift and substantial progress on LGBTQ rights. The publication concludes with an emphasis that momentum towards equality is building across the world as courageous and resilient advocates fearlessly face challenges.
IDAHOT is celebrated annually in more than 120 countries each year, including in at least 30 countries where same-sex acts are criminalized. While the date marks when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from a list of mental disorders in 1990, IDAHOT was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, political leaders, the public and the media about the violence and discrimination LGBTQ people face. IDAHOT also recognizes significant advances in LGBTQ equality in 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.
Equality Rising and IDAHOT remind 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.
Click here to read Equality Rising 2013 and Equality Rising 2014.