On May 16th, Leeds will be celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia for the first time as a city. This will be a fun, inclusive day for everyone, celebrating the diversity of our city’s communities and promoting our zero tolerance towards Hate Crime of any kind. We will have a wide variety of events throughout the day at the Corn Exchange from 12-4pm including stalls, smaller events, a discussion panel, music and even a cheeky dance class for. There will also be a movie screening of Pride from 2-4.30pm at Wharf Chambers. All events are free, but any donations are welcome and will go to help Yorkshire Mesmac and the amazing work they do in supporting organisations and groups within our LGBTQ* community. This is a day for everyone as no child, no couple, no family member, no loved one, no person should ever feel scared to be themselves. If you feel the same, please come along and help support this event with us.

What is IDAHOBiT?

It was initially started in 2004 to help draw the attention of politicians, social movements, the public and the media to the discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally. 17th May was chosen as the official day to help commemorate when the World Health Organisation removing homosexuality as a mental health disorder in 1990. It has arguably become one of the most important days for LGBTI communities’ worldwide; in 2014 there was 1600 events organised by 1280 different organisations to promote and celebrate it. In over 130 countries it provides groups the chance to raise global awareness of the situation faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and people who do not identify to the majority sexual and gender norm. But also to promote of Human Rights for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Originally it was called “IDAHO”, however this has changed substantially with “Transphobia” (2009) and “Biphobia” (2015) being added to the name in order to reflect the wider recognition of discrimination people face internationally with regards to sexual orientation and gender recognition.


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