Today is IDAHoBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia). It is a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. May 17th commemorates the day in 1990 the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental diseases.
In 86 countries globally, homosexual acts are illegal while in many countries lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and those who identify as trans are often murdered simply for their sexuality or gender identity.
The atrocities in Chechnya prove why standing up for LGBT people abroad is absolutely vital.
The celebration and recognition of IDAHoBiT reflects the wish of a worldwide community of committed people where everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of their sexual orientation.