Despite the pandemic, LGBTIQ communities and allies across the world yesterday celebrated IDAHOBIT 2020, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia
Municipalities, governments, businesses, and organisations draped rainbow flags or illuminated buildings in rainbow colours worldwide.
Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic limited the size of gatherings.
However, members of our ever-resourceful communities made up for that by finding new ways to celebrate.
People took photographs, wore our community flags, waved those flags in isolated spots, and generally did whatever it took to commemorate the day.
Ada Macey made her IDAHOBIT 2020 statement by just wearing a t-shirt that expressed a simple truth.
In Brisbane, the City Council along with QC (QLD Council LGBTI Health) again lit up Brisbane City Hall and the Story Bridge and also a range of other landmarks across the city.
IDAHOBIT 2020 Tonga
Embassies, high commissions and consulates around the world also took a stand for IDAHOBIT 2020.
17 May is #IDAHOBIT. I proudly stand with the 🇹🇴SOGIE community& acknowledge the work still needed. Grateful to mark the day w/ local partner, Tonga Leitis Association and my staff at the High Commission. 🇦🇺 is working to ensure equal human rights for SOGIE people around the🌐 pic.twitter.com/dOWO2FXDmB
— Adrian Morrison (@AustHCTonga) May 17, 2020
While Australian diplomats commemorated IDAHOBIT 2020 overseas, other embassies celebrated the day here.
— Ronny Seidel (@RonnySeidel2373) May 17, 2020
Kosovo IDAHOBIT 2020
Although a majority Moslem country, Kosovo remains a secular state with no state religion and the government supports LGBTIQ rights.
As it is now a tradition for years, Kosovo Government marked IDAHOBIT by covering the government building with rainbow flag 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 #LGBTIrights #LGBTI #LoveWins #Kosovo #IDAHOBIT #IDAHOT2020 pic.twitter.com/NBFXkr5Kvt
— Agim Margilaj (@AgimMargilaj) May 17, 2020
Although some members of the EU continue to discriminate against LGBTIQ people, the organisation itself enjoys a proud record of supporting sexual minorities. The organisation also lights up its Brussels HQ annually for IDAHOBIT.
Auch #Europa zeigt heute 🏳️🌈-Flagge zum #IDAHOBIT. Das ist wichtig! Aber genau so klar muss 🇪🇺 gegen 🇮🇩 und 🇭🇺 vorgehen. In beiden Ländern gibt es #LGBTIQ feindliche Gesetze. #lovewins #loveislove pic.twitter.com/7AEj8WHTjj
— Benjamin D. Thomas (@BenjaminDThomas) May 17, 2020
Myanmar punishes same-sex sexual acts along with heterosexual anal sex and also oral sex by anyone with prison sentences. However, brave members of the local LGBTIQ communities and their allies continue to stand up for basic human rights.
Today International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Day. In #Myanmar we work with the Transmen Association to stop discrimination against LGBT students at universities. Today we honor them. #IDAHOTB2020 #IDAHOBIT pic.twitter.com/GePM1pZT7S
— Asia Catalyst (@AsiaCatalyst) May 17, 2020
Haiti IDAHOBIT 2020
LGBTIQ people in Haiti face discrimination and little protection against hate crimes, although the country does not criminalise same-sex sexual acts. However, transgender Haitians suffer persecution under the vagrancy laws.
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Sadly, in Uganda, the face mask is necessary not only to provide protection against COVID-19, but also homophobia.
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Egypt’s gift to the world – the magnificent Mona Eltahawy
Despite an apparent Australian television ban on Mona, her voice will not easily be silenced.
— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) May 17, 2020
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