Marking International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). It is one of those dates in the LGBT+ calendar that we need, but wish that we didn’t.
It’s a day that highlights how far we have travelled, as a community, whilst showing us just how much more is still to be done.
This annual date was chosen as it marks the date that the World Health Organisation released ICD-10 (the International Classification of Diseases: Version 10). Previous iterations had classified homosexuality as a ‘mental disorder’.
We have come a long way in recognising the legitimacy of LGBT+ relationships over the last 30 years. But, sadly, this is far from the full story.
The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual: Mental Disorders, of the American Psychiatric Association) would list transgender as a ‘sexual disorder’ of the individual until version 5 (2013). It took until May 25, 2019, before ICD-11 would completely remove transgender from its classification as a ‘psychiatric condition’.
We still have much to campaign for, and we do it in strength and solidarity as a community. The need to stand firm against discrimination around sexuality and gender, having a clear voice against hate, has never been more necessary.You can help to make a positive difference by joining the university's LGBT group, the Rainbow Rose Forum, which is a network for matters related to sexual orientation equality and is open to all staff and students.
Ian is an events researcher examining the conceptual foundations of event studies. His research interests intersect cultural studies; sociology; political/social theory, and anthropology. His work encompasses events of dissent; creativity and protest; events marking the end of life, and events of the 'other'.