LGBT Groups launch International Appeal to Commemorate IDAHO

Update: For a report on IDAHO 2009 activities, click here.

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is celebrated every year on May 17. IDAHO commemorates the day that the World Health Organization took homosexuality off its list of mental disorders—--May 17, 1990. Actions in support of IDAHO now take place in more than 50 countries around the world.

This year, IDAHO'’s focus is on transphobia--—an often-neglected issue. Because they do not conform to social stereotypes about gender expression, transgender people overwhelmingly face discrimination, which results in social exclusion, poverty, inadequate healthcare and limited employment prospects.
In conjunction with IDAHO 2009, a coalition of LGBT organizations is launching the International World Appeal against Transphobia and for the Respect of Gender Identity. This appeal seeks to persuade the World Health Organization to take transsexualism off its list of mental disorders. To read the media release announcing this appeal, click here. To read the associated press kit, click here.