IDAHOBIT 2021 – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia was created in 2004 as a stand against the widespread violence and discrimination directed at people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions and/or sex characteristics.

IDAHOBIT or IDAHOTB, as it is commonly referred to, is now celebrated in 130 countries in thousands of events worldwide. This planet-wide celebration of sexual and gender diversity is recognized by the European parliament and the United Nations for it’s importance in the area of human rights.

Why is IDAHOBIT on May 17th?

This day, May 17th 1990, thirty-one years ago, is the date when the World Health Organization officially declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.  Transgender people since have also been declassified as having a mental illness.

Yet the struggle for equality and acceptance continues as being LGBTIQ+ remains illegal still in 37 countries.  This year’s theme is “Together: resisting, supporting and healing.”

LGBTIQ+ Solidarity this IDAHOBIT 2021

Not just today. Not just tomorrow. Support your LGBTIQ+ friends and speak up when discrimination or bullying on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity or sexual characteristics rears it’s ugly head.

Just say STOP. That’s not ok and give your friend smile so they know you stand with them.  Make a post on your social media sharing any of these images and the hashtag #idahobit2021 or #idahotb to join the movement and let your networks that you won’t tolerate anti-lgbtiq+ language, discriminative policies which results in social exclusion.

Facialteam’s statement against transphobia

Facialteam strongly opposes the recent waves of anti-trans legislation seeking to criminalize health care or stop trans inclusion in sport in the USA and UK. These misinformed actions prevent gender-nonconforming youth from accessing life-saving healthcare.

Scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports the role of gender-affirming services for this minority community. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care have set guidelines, now in their 8th revision, which are supported by mainstream healthcare professional associations including the American Medical Association, Endocrine Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American Psychological Association.

Facialteam opposes any laws which would punish the physicians, psychologists, and others providing evidence-based care to any transgender people, hence threatening their patient’s well-being. We call for the end of political movements based on unfounded prejudice aimed to keep trans people from becoming a fully realized part of society, be it in healthcare or in sport.

Stand tall and proud and educate your circles consistently, not just on TDOV and IDAHOBIT on the need for gender inclusivity so our LGBTIQ+ family may thrive instead of being marginalized.  Here’s what we did last Spirit Day against LGBTIQ+ bullying in schools.

Celebrating Gender Diversity

In addition to TDOV, Trans Day of Visibility in March and Trans Day of Remembrance in November, as well as pride in summer months, IDAHOBIT provides another key moment for the community to mobilize, recharge and gain more and more acceptance.

When trans people can truly feel freely visible…

“…we will have become something real and absolute to you, something no longer speculative about being human, but something that has become indisputable and clear in your heart. We will be seen as fellow human beings whose life experience is equal to your experience of gender and embodiment.” – Dr Rachel Richardson, Chair of Transcend Australia

Why we need IDAHOBIT 2021 and TDOV

Visibility is important in everything. Politics, arts and entertainment, athletics, in the workplace, in schools, and at all public toilets. The visibility of our diversity helps grow acceptance of those diversities into society. However, visibility alone is not enough.

We have pushed against the negativity and ignorance of people who seem to believe that conceding equality, takes away from their own rights.  We have to take a stand and be proud allies, and stand with and for our LGBTIQ+ family.  Just getting started and need help? We have established a guide to inclusive language, a perfect place to begin being a good ally.

Spain takes a stand against transphobia

IDAHOBIT 2021 in Spain is celebrated with events in all the autonomous regions, organized by national federations and local associations. The Ministry of Equality stands behind our LGBTIQ+ citizens.  ¡Haz clic enn el imagen abajo, hay uno mañana!

Patient Relations Manager Lilia Koss, presentator of Lilia's Livestreams
About the author

Hello world! My name's Lilia Koss! With a background in humanities and diverse professional experiences, I've accumulated 11 years now working in the field of trans healthcare. Involved from the ground up when the business idea was just a seed within a clinic until it gradually transformed into the main focus of our activity. Like any startup, I have had hands in many pots: from workflows, customer journeys, social media, public relations, customer service, sales and coordination, content, web... Now life is more defined. Lately, I focus my energies on Public Relations, Social Media and copywriting of quality for our target during my day-to-day. Plus, the organization of annual educational orientation events around the world aimed at raising visibility of gender-affirming healthcare. Life is pretty complete.