In more than 80 countries around the world, homosexual acts are still illegal. Sometimes the law dictates life imprisonment. In seven countries the death penalty may be applied.

Even in countries where homosexuality is not illegal, discrimination and physical assault are frequent.

It is even worse for trans people who are particularly exposed, and for lesbians, who are particularly made invisible.

In some countries, there is positive progress, but it is fragile. In others, the situation is worse every year.

On May 17 every year, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) reminds everybody of the need for action. It is celebrated through actions (exhibitions, screenings, debates, shows, TV or radio programs, etc), and promoted by individuals, organisations, cities, governments in more than 60 countries, on every continent, from Albania to Zimbabwe.

This May 17, IDAHO organisers ask all political leaders to fight by any means against violence and discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and ask all citizens to use this day to encourage hope, diversity and peace in the world, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

info: Visit www.idahomophobia.org

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