International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia celebrates the theme: “Together Always: United in Diversity“.
In recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on May 17th, the global LGBTI+ community comes together under this year’s theme of “Together Always: United in Diversity.” The theme was carefully selected through extensive consultations with LGBTI+ organisations worldwide, aiming to foster advocacy, celebration, and a sense of unity among communities.
The chosen theme emphasises the importance of solidarity and allyship across identities, movements, and borders. It acknowledges the increasing threats faced by LGBTI+ communities worldwide and underscores the need to protect hard-won achievements and promote equality. By uniting in support of diversity, people can make a real difference in the lives of LGBTI+s and communities.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia has been celebrated annually since 2004. It originated as a tribute to the World Health Organization’s momentous decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. Each year, the day focuses on a specific theme to raise awareness and address the challenges faced by LGBTI+s globally.
The announcement by may17.org, the platform that coordinates worldwide IDAHOBIT celebrations, stated:
“We are delighted to declare that the 2023 edition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia will center around the theme ‘Always Together: United in Diversity.’ This theme, determined through extensive consultations with LGBTQIA+ organizations worldwide, will empower human rights advocates, LGBTQIA+ civil society groups, community members, and allies to engage in various forms of advocacy and celebration.”
As LGBTI+ communities confront mounting challenges, including the rollback of rights and increasing discrimination, this year’s theme highlights the significance of unity and support. The power of community, solidarity, and the recognition of diverse identities are critical in fostering positive change globally.
Today, individuals and organisations around the world will commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia. Through events, discussions, and awareness campaigns, they will stand in solidarity, amplify LGBTI+ voices, and reaffirm their commitment to creating a world that celebrates diversity, equality, and inclusivity.
We, as the Nafas LGBTI Azerbaijan Alliance, have also prepared a series of podcasts in relation to this significant day:
On this significant day, let us join forces, celebrate our beautiful diversity, and work together to create a more inclusive and accepting society for all. Happy May 17th: Together, United in Diversity!