International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia


The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) is an annual event celebrated globally on May 17th. This significant day is dedicated to raising awareness about the challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community and the discrimination they face based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. In this article, we will explore the origins of IDAHOTB and ways we can promote inclusivity and tolerance at work.


Origins of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

On May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO), declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. This significant milestone in the recognition of LGBTQIA+ rights inspired activists to commemorate this date annually. International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia was officially launched in 2004 by Louis-Georges Tin, a French academic and activist, who sought to create a day that would unite people globally in the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


Importance of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

May 17th is a day to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBTQIA+ communities worldwide. It provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion, and wider civil society.

In 2021, United States president Joe Biden used this day to highlight efforts to alleviate LGBTQIA+ discrimination and to call on Congress to pass the Equality Act. The Equality Act is still working its’ way through our political system and has not been passed yet.

Why Businesses Should Recognize International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

So, if you’re a business owner, why should you recognize this day? Because homophobia, transphobia and biphobia are very serious problems, and they’re probably affecting some of your staff and customers.

By marking IDAHOTB, you’re showing support for all the people who are suffering discrimination and violence because of who they are. You’re also making it very clear to your employees and customers that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia won’t be tolerated in your business. You’ll improve productivity and job satisfaction among your LGBTQIA+ employees and any others who care about fairness and equal treatment.


Observing IDAHOTB Day at work

A great way to show support is to encourage staff to wear rainbow colors for the day. You can even collect donations from people who dress up and give the money to a local organization that works to combat homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia.

Many people don’t know what it’s like to live as an LGBTQIA+ person, experiencing discrimination and harassment. Organizing a workshop or training event for staff, will help give them a better understanding and encourage them to be allies.


May 17th is an important day to raise awareness about homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia. Implementing this at work reinforces the idea that diversity is not only embraced but celebrated as a strength that enriches our communities and workplaces. As we commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, let us renew our commitment to creating a world where everyone can live authentically and without fear of prejudice.