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May 17th is the Intl Day Against Homophobia

in WORLD, 04/05/2005

The decision of the World Health Organisation 15 years ago constitutes a historic date and powerful symbol for members of the LGBT community

On 17 May 1990, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders. This action served to end more than a century of medical homophobia. The decision of the WHO constitutes a historic date and powerful symbol for members of the LGBT community and we feel that it is only normal that IDAHO be recognised and observed as every other International Day (i.e. International Women’s Day, International Human Rights Day etc).

Fifteen years ago, the International Lesbian and Gay Association was deeply involved in the process of getting the WHO to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. ILGA is therefore strongly committed to commemorating this event by celebrating this first international day against homophobia.

Please help us to make this day a success by signing, in your name, in the name of your organisation or group, a petition in favour of IDAHO.

More importantly, help us to make the International Day Against Homophobia a reality on the ground by organizing a party, a protest, or any other act that would raise the visibility of IDAHO in your community.

If you do organise an event that specific day, please contact Louis-Georges Tin at the following address: TINLuigi@aol.com

For more information, please see this website

We thank you for your support.

Stephen Barris
Communication Officer / ILGA

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