International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia: Ban Conversion Therapy

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17 May 2022

On this day in 1990, the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the international classification of disease. Since 2004, the 17th of May has been designated the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBLIT). This is a day to celebrate diversity and raise awareness about the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTIQ+) people.

This year marks the 19th anniversary of IDAHOBLIT and the theme for 2022 is ‘Our Body, Our Rights’ – which emphasises the terrible use of conversion therapies.

Conversion therapy is any treatment (medical or psychological) that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or suppress a person’s sexual identity. And it is still legal today. According to the UK government’s National LGBT survey, 7% of LGBT people, 10% of asexual people and 13% of trans people have been offered or undergone conversion therapy.

The fact that this conversion therapy is still being practised is extremely disheartening to the entire LGBTIQ+ community. These people have nothing to be ashamed of and should not feel pressured to change who they are. To further highlight this issue, Stonewall is running the Ban Conversion Therapy campaign, and they’re asking for your support. Please follow the link below to find out more and show your support for this important campaign.  

Helpful information

Stonewall – Ban Conversion Therapy Campaign

May 17 – A Worldwide Celebration of Sexual and Gender Diversities

United Nations Development Programme – Our Bodies, Our Lives

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