This year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT), LGBT Youth Scotland want our friends and supporters to extend the hand of friendship around the world.
IDAHOBIT was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.
May 17th is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organisations in 2014. These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
To connect with the international theme for 2018 of “Alliances for Solidarity”, we want to reach out to people in the 72 countries around the world where same sex relationships are illegal.
We want you to send a message of solidarity using the hashtag #LoveFromScotland. That might be as simple as tweeting a selfie on the day, sharing a message of hope. Download the Love From Scotland logo here.
In 2015 and 2016, ILGA-Europe declared Scotland “best country in Europe for LGBTI legal equality”. Legal equality is just one factor in the life experiences for LGBTI people, and our 2017 research showed that as many as 79% of the young people we surveyed said that homophobia was a problem in Scotland.
We believe that global solidarity in the LGBTI movement is important, and that begins with awareness-raising and building connections. We hope you’ll connect into the social media conversation on the day and send out a message of solidarity and love.