International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is celebrated every year on May 17th. This date was chosen to mark the day because it was in May 17th in 1990 when homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization.
The day is coordinated by the Paris-based IDAHO committee. By 2010 the organization and the IDAHO day had been fully and officially recognized by the EU parliament, Belgium, the UK, Mexico, Costa Rica, The Netherlands, France, Luxemburg, Spain, and Brazil. In addition, in many countries like Argentina, Italy, Bolivia, and Croatia the day has been recognized by cities and regional governments… In many countries, unfortunately, homosexuality is still largely taboo or under dispute. According to the IDAHO website only eleven countries around the world recognize same sex marriage rights, and in 76 countries it is still legal to prosecute a person based on their sexual orientation.
International Day Against Homophobia is usually a rallying event where people around the world come together to support the cause, as well as each other, in various different ways. The day is about unity in spirit and diversity in expression. International Day Against Homophobia aims to mobilize public opinion, draw media attention to issues surrounding homophobia, and to network and create partnerships between organizations. The United Nations, for example, supports the IDAHO movement through UNAIDS. According to the UNAIDS website, “Homophobia is considered one of the main obstacles in implementing HIV prevention strategies.”
Various ways that you can celebrate and participate to the International Day Against Homophobia, are listed at the IDAHO website.
Also in May:
World No-Tobacco Day - May 31st
International Day for UN Peacekeepers - May 29th