May 17th is the annual “International Day Against Homophobia.” The date was selected because of its symbolic significance—the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses on May 17, 1990.

The purpose of the international day against homophobia is to:

  • promote loving relationships regardless of sexual orientation
  • end discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • promote an open-mindedness toward diversity
  • show the devastating effects of homophobia

The day, abbreviated as IDAHO, was first started by Fondation Émergence. At the very least, I think you should be aware that homophobia exists. And is unfortunately enshrined in many countries’ laws and policies toward gay, lesbian and transgender citizens.