May 17th is IDAHoBiT Day, formerly known as IDAHO Day. The name was changed to include biphobia and transphobia, thereby acknowledging the very specific forms of discrimination in relation to sexuality that exist within society.

It marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. Since 2005, people have marked this day as a time to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, and to end discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender identity, in the hope of creating a fairer, happier world.

Sexuality is often considered a private affair, in that me having an opinion on your sexuality is alike to you having an opinion on what cereal I eat in the morning - it's not of my business and vice versa.

In spite of this, discrimination on the basis of sexuality is still rife within many societies and is even outlawed in some countries.

Did you know?

  • Homosexuality is illegal in 79 states
  • Homosexuality can warrant life imprisonment in 14 states and up to 14 years in 57 states
  • Homosexuality is legally punishable by death in 10 states, though it is actually implemented in just a few
  • Gay marriage does not exist in many European countries, including Germany and Italy

To mark IDAHoBiT Day, Adam Booth, Vice Chair of Proud To Be Me, has written a blog about his experiences as a gay man and also about his recent engagement to his partner.

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