Bi-ing IDAHO?

BCN 124 cover

This originally appeared in BCN issue 124, April 2014

May 17th, as many readers will be familiar, has been marked for a decade as IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia. The day was conceived in 2004 and a year of planning and organising culminated in the first IDAHO in 2005.

The date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization on May 17th 1990. It focuses on human rights violations around the world and LGBT equal rights work.

The name has slowly crept to be more inclusive, and in 2009 became the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia. Not surprisingly, bi activists have pressed for this to include our part of the LGBT umbrella too, and there is something of a ‘war of attrition’ online as it starts to become known as the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia, or IDAHOBIT rather than IDAHO for short.

This year, we know there will be bi speakers at IDAHOBIT vigils in Manchester and Brighton – we’d love to know of anywhere else this happens too. Send us in photos!

On twitter look for #IDAHOBIT2014