Colorful Rainbow flag flies for IDAHoBIT Day

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“In many parts of Africa, LGBTI people live in fear of being discovered, attacked or even killed.” IDAHOTB helps LGBTI people forge alliances to change hateful and discriminatory laws and practices, and today, at least 43 countries recognize Homophobic crimes as a type of hate crime Sexual orientation of a person refers to who they are attracted to and with whom they are related Transgender (or trans) people are people whose gender identity or gender expression is different from the typical expectations of the gender assigned to them at birth.

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Some trans people decide to make the transition, the process of living their life as their true gender. Some people may adopt new pronouns, change their name, request legal gender recognition and undergo gender-affirming surgery or hormone therapy. However, in most cases, they must undergo humiliating processes, including psychiatric diagnosis and irreversible sterilisation, which violate their human rights. All people have the right to life, liberty, and security. We give recommendations to governments and other influential leaders on how to improve laws and protect the rights of people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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IDAHOTB Day was established in 2004 and is celebrated in more than 100 countries on May 17. The activists chose the date to commemorate the day in 1990; the World Health Organization stopped listing homosexuality as a diagnosis related to health.

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However, if you need suggestions for some impactful and straightforward gestures that could make a difference, read on. You may be surprised at how small actions can have enormous consequences. And with the limited finances of the school, it may not be the first on your list of priorities. Find a suitable book for children and send it to your school, with a letter explaining why you are sending it. It has been out for a couple of years in hardcover and has just come out in paperback.

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LGBTI young people will find it an inspiring read while also educating others about the struggles we have faced. And Tango Makes Three, about a pair of gay penguins, is now considered a classic for younger readers. Its objective is simple: send cards to those whose families do not send them. Recipients can indicate if they do not want anything related to LGBTI to be mentioned on the cards they receive.

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The British charity Stonewall used that idea as the basis of the “No Spectators” campaign that it launched at the beginning of this decade. Most countries in the world will have their local defence group: do something to support their own with this IDAHOBIT.

 

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