For its 7th edition, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia was celebrated on
May 17, 2011 with hundreds of events around the world and on every continent.
From important statements by international artists, organisations and institutions to
mass street protests and publications of groundbreaking reports, the events around the
International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia have once again displayed the
strength, the creativity, the boldness and the diversity of the global fight to end violence,
discrimination and stigmatization of people on the grounds of their actual or perceived
sexual orientation and/or gender identity or expression.
Organisations from over 90 countries participated this year, confirming that the International
Day against Homophobia and Transphobia constitutes a unique entry point for action, across
many different contexts. This year, several countries saw their first public ‘IDAHO’ celebrations,
including Burkina Faso, Fiji, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Mobilization at a national level in many countries increased dramatically this year. It is also
interesting to note the increase in trans-national joint initiatives, which represent a major
trend and provide interesting perspectives for the future. Among these joint initiatives, the
IDAHO Committee sponsored and facilitated regional campaign initiatives, the idea for
which developed during workshops held in 2010 in Latin America and Asia. These initiatives
are detailed further in this report, with a special focus on the Latin America-wide campaign,
“Cures that Kill”, focusing on so-called “reparative” therapies wich propose to ‘cure’ sexual
orientations or gender identities that do not correspond to ‘official’ standards. The “Cures
that Kill” campaign generated marches, protests, conferences, artistic events and many other
initiatives across 12 countries in the region.
This year’s ‘IDAHO’ was also marked by an increasing number of statements of support at the
highest levels, with the European Institutions and many United Nations agencies confirming
their commitment to making the Day an important annual event.
This year, the Day has also been characterized by a strong presence of social networks, with
nearly a hundred pages, groups and events set up specifically for ‘IDAHO’ initiatives.
Last but not least, celebrities started engaging more visibly to celebrate the Day, with a special mention for Lady Gaga, who acted as editor-in-chief on May 17 for the 19 national editions of
the free daily paper METRO, reaching out to 17 million readers.
With activity reports, including on media coverage, coming in from many countries, the
IDAHO Committee estimates that the Day has provided the opportunity to reach out to close
to 200 million people worldwide, making the Day a central global moment in the fight for
respect, non discrimination and equality for all, irrespective of their actual or perceived sexual
orientation and/or gender identity or expression.
This report offers a glimpse of how the Day has been celebrated around the world. It aims
to be a tribute to all those who fight on the ground, and an inspiration for even more actions
to be developed next year.
The IDAHO Committee team
mention for Lady Gaga, who acted as editor-in-chief on May 17 for the 19 national editions of
the free daily paper METRO, reaching out to 17 million readers