Thursday, May 3, 2007

International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)

On May 17, we are one with the world as we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia or IDAHO.

It was on May 17, 1990, when homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO). The IDAHO is aimed at fighting against discrimination and oppression of people based on their sexual orientation.

It was in 2006, when an observance of this day by a grassroots organization in the Philippines was held.

We must push for the yearly commemoration of IDAHO in the Philippines.

International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) official statement:

Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity is still not recognized formally by the member states of the United Nations (even though human rights mechanisms such as the Human Rights Committee have repeatedly condemned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity).

ILGA has been fighting against discrimination and for the recognition of equal rights of lesbian, gays, bisexual and transgender people since its creation in 1978. That is why ILGA is strongly committed to celebrating this second International Day Against Homophobia, launched one year ago by the International Day Against Homophobia Committee (IDAHO).

To view a documentary about IDAHO you may click here .

For ideas on how we can help in the celebration of this day you may click here.

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