The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is observed every year on May 17, and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.
The main purpose of the IDAHOBIT is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide, which in turn provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion, and wider civil society.
The day is particularly strong in Europe and Latin America, where it is commemorated with public events in almost all countries. Common actions include large-scale street marches, parades and festivals. Since 2021, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia has been officially recognized and commemorated by over 130 different countries across the globe.
A societal sense of awareness about these enduring issues has been gaining more and more attention as several important figures in the current global setting speak up regarding their approval and support of this initiative. Of these includes a statement officiated by the current president of the United States, Joe Biden, that highlights his endorsement and recognition of the IDAHOBIT.
In the released statement, the president went as far as to highlight that his support would be coupled with continued aid in formulating and implementing further action towards alleviating LGBT discrimination within communities, making mention of the Equality Act that as of October 2021 remains an unpassed bill because Republicans.