First conceived in 2004, IDAHOBiT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) is held on May 17th each year. The date was chosen due to its significance to the LGBT+ community, it marks the date the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases.

IDAHOBiT is celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide, including some where being LGBT+ is still treated as a criminal offence, and is a day aimed at drawing attention to the continued discrimination of the worldwide LGBT+ community.

The values of IDAHOBiT are that “as much as it is a day against violence and oppression, it is a day for freedom, diversity, acceptance,” values which PCS, and the wider trade union movement firmly believe in.

In the past Proud, and PCS, have marked IDAHOBiT in a number of ways from workplace stalls to holding minute’s silence to remember the the thousands of LGBT+ people who are criminalised, arrested, raped and killed due to their real, or perceived, sexual orientation or gender identity.

You can find more information on the IDAHOBiT website.

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