Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Today is #IDAHOT2016: celebrate diversity fight prejudice

Since 2005, May 17th has been dedicated to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, marking the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

Use these resources to find out more:
IDAHOT official website has details of the 2016 theme:  “Global Celebration of Sexual and Gender Identities”

The United Nations Free and Equal campaign has released a song - Why we fight! 
UNESCO has materials on ending homophobic bullying in schools. 

Youth voices Count encourages you to create your own avator to show support.

 Why do campaigners continue to fight?
Despite the WHO 1990 decision controversy remains over the classification of sexual orientation as a mental health issue. See this paper which explores the issue relating to the 11th revision of the
International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), planned for publication in 2017.

 ILGA provides details of Legal discrimination worldwide. Its 2015 report on state sponsored homophobia found 75 countries where same-sex acts were illegal/

Transgender Europe maps gender identity recognition and rights  in European Nations. In terms of safety it found that There is no safe country for trans people. From 2008-2015  more than 100 murders of trans people have been documented in Europe

Other surveys have found intolerance towards LGBT individuals in various parts of the world. A 2013 Pew Global acceptance of homosexuality survey concluded:  that while acceptance was high in North America and Europe, shockingly In sub-Saharan Africa, at least nine-in-ten in Nigeria (98%), Senegal (96%), Ghana (96%), Uganda (96%) and Kenya (90%) believe homosexuality should not be accepted by society.

 Gallup polls have found that LGBT citizens report lower levels of wellbeing than the rest of the population. 
Stonewall has UK based research which examines attitudes towards LGBT community and continuing evidence of discrimination

Further research
LSE Library subject guide for gender has links to key databases
LSE Library Hall Carpenter archives has historic background 

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