May 17: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17 will mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia:

It was founded by Louis Georges Tin in 2005. Campaigns and inititives take place on or around May 17th every year to combat prejudice against LGBT people. May 17th is chosen because it marks the anniversary of the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental diseases.

This year’s theme is ‘End Transphobia: Respect Gender Identity’. The organisers are encouraging supporters to ask their MP to sign this EDM to decriminalise homosexuality and end gender identity discrimination around the world. They will also be launching an appeal against transphobia and for the respect of gender identity. You can find out more here.

Others have organised a ‘silent revolution’ of same sex handholding, entitled A Day In Hand:

You know the amazing feeling you get when you see 2 guys or 2 girls holding hands?Imagine if we saw and felt that magic everyday. This campaign aims to ENCOURAGE and SUPPORT same-sex couples who want to hold their partner’s hand in public.

More here.

You can keep updated with events planned on and around the day by checking the IDAHO website here.