Content Warning: This article for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) contains mentions of violence against the trans and gender diverse community.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), May 17th 2023

On International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), we raise awareness to the issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. While we acknowledge the progress, we are aware of the battles that the most marginalised people from our community continue to fight to this day.

IDAHOBIT was created in 2004. Its purpose is to shed light on the violence and discrimination LGBTQ+ people experience. The date falls on May 17th as a way to commemorate the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to ‘declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder’. This occurred in 1990.

IDAHOBIT also serves as a platform for initiating discourse and planning strategies on how to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia around the world. Over 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, celebrate this day.

This year, we turn our attention to the trans and gender diverse community. Unfortunately, trans people experience a disproportionate amount of discrimination, especially in regard to gender-affirming healthcare.

Discrimination against Trans People

Many marginalised communities, such as trans people, face discrimination for their identity on a daily basis. There needs to be more protection for this community. In February 2023, ILGA Europe released their annual review of the human rights situation of LGBTQ+ people. The results showed that discrimination and hate crimes against queer and trans people led to the most violent year in a decade.

Moreover, trans and gender diverse people are four times more likely to experience violence compared to cis people. Transphobia is present in our everyday lives, without an end in sight. It is evident we still need days like IDAHOBIT.

In March 2023, the life of Eden Knight came to a heart-breaking end. She was a young trans woman who had her whole life ahead of her. However, anti-trans discrimination and lack of access to gender affirming healthcare led to Knight taking her own life. We send our condolences to her loved ones. Unfortunately, there are many more like Eden Knight.

Anti-trans bills particularly affect transgender youth in the US. Several US states have banned transgender healthcare for trans minors. Trans children and adolescents need this life-saving care. However, these decisions completely disregard the existing research on the positive effects of gender affirming healthcare. Access to gender-related care improves trans people’s mental health and their overall well-being.

Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights

This International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), let’s ensure that all those around us who are victims of an oppressive system receive the same rights as everybody else. We need to do better. Our governments need to do better. Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia have no place in our society.

We demand respect and basic human rights for everyone, including trans and gender diverse people. The trans community is filled with beauty and joy. We want to see that rich diversity reflected in our society, in a safe and non-discriminatory environment.

It is important to speak up for those who do not have equal rights. Many laws still do not treat marginalised communities as equals. Governments around the world continue to implement homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bills and legislation. It builds and promotes a world of hatred towards LGBTQ+ people. Instead, we should promote equality, care and respect for all of us.

GenderGP is devoted to providing a safe space for all marginalised communities. We have a zero discrimination policy and our values are anchored in basic respect, care, and equality for all.