IDAHOBiT

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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