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The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally. It has become an important date of mobilization, creative action, protest, and celebration – as various regions experience different challenges, attacks, and victories for sexual diversity rights.

The date of May 17th was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

International Day Against Homophobia Around the World

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is being marked around the world, with demonstrations and events demanding rights for LGBTI communities. Click here.

Latest News

(Watch this space for teleSUR’s live updates of actions around the world to mark the day).

Luxembourg PM First EU Leader to Marry Same-Sex Partner

​LGBTQ Activists Fight Homophobia, Promote Rights in Ecuador


​Young Irish Ring their Grannies for Same-Sex Marriage

What Would a Pro-Sexual Diversity World Look Like?

Cuba Leading the Way in Rainbow Rights


​A map of LGBTI Challenges and Achievements in Latin America, click here.

Webspecial – Homophobia in numbers

See the interactive graphic here


Havana LGBTQI March in Pictures


Discrimination against LGBTs: This week's edition of Web Serial, hosted by Natalia Margarita, looks at discrimination against the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transsexual communities in Latin America. The program looks at Panama, where the 200,000 strong LGBT community has no government initiatives to combat distribution. In fact, it was not until 2008 that homosexuality was decriminalized in Panama, the last country in Latin America to do so. The strong weight of the Catholic Church and evangelical faiths is a major factor preventing progress on this front. Also, a report from Chile, in which Carla recounts the discrimination and harassment she has faced for being a lesbian. Chile has anti-discrimination legislation but does not have a public agency to oversee and monitor compliance with the law.

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