International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) takes place on 17th May every year since 2004. Why 17th May? This was the day when, in 1990, the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality (or same sex love) from their list of mental diseases. Traditional Chinese Medicine followed later in 2001 by also removing homosexuality from their list of classified mental disorders (diseases).
My first few weeks on the project coincided with Cambodia hosting the ASEAN (Association of South East Nations) Conference. This is a fledging regional body of the ten member states with three pillars: economic integration; political security and socio-cultural of the 10 member states. The conferences are also an opportunity for civil society organisations to meet and interface with heads of government. LGBT NGOs from across SE Asia attended a Civil Society Conference called the ASEAN People’s Forum in Phnom Penh.