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A day to stop discrimination against LGBTQI+ people


Activists march on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia in São Paulo May 17, 2022. (© Andre Penner/AP)


Each year, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) is commemorated in 130 countries on May 17, a date established in 1990 when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

“We’re celebrating that LGBTQI+ people should no longer be considered mentally ill, sick, or in other ways different just because of our sexuality or gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics,” says Jessica Stern, the State Department’s special envoy to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ people.

While she laments that the LGBTQI+ community continues to face discrimination and that “the forms of intolerance are many,” she says that “the ways we can be good allies are almost endless.”






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