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Day marks discrimination awareness

15 May 2017

At SECAmb we want to raise and increase awareness of IDAHOBiT and help stamp out all discrimination and everyone has a part to play.idahobit

May 17 is an international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

According to widely held opinion, homosexuality is said to be freer today than ever before, but did you know…

 

·         In 86 countries globally, homosexual acts remain illegal

·         In many countries lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and those who identify as trans are often murdered simply for their sexuality or gender identity

·         Recent media reports indicate concentration camps for gay men have been opened in Chechnya.

Every living person has a sexuality and this is part of who we are as individuals.  IDAHOBiT, held annually on 17th May, is an identified day to promote anti-homophobic, anti-transphobic and anti-biphobic messages.

IDAHOBiT aims to increase awareness, and to provide a platform for activity at all levels in the fight against discrimination and persecution. May 17th was chosen as the day of the event because homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on May 17th, 1990.

As much as May 17 is a day against violence and oppression, it is also a day to promote freedom, diversity and acceptance.

This is an invitation for you to play your part by challenging discrimination and supporting initiatives that support tolerance and acceptance of everyone as an individual, celebrating the many qualities that make us human.

For further information on how to get involved with PRIDE in SECAmb our LGBT Staff network or become a Diversity Champion please contact Asmina.Ichowdhury@secamb.nhs.uk

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