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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2011

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is recognised around the world on May 17 every year, marking the date homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation in 1992

The day was started to raise awareness of Homophobia and Transphobia throughout the world. It has become truly global and its ideals have been discussed in the General Assembly of the United Nations. and will be marked by hundreds of events across all continents and will witness some historic initiatives.

Only 11 countries recognise same sex marriages. 76 countries prosecuted people on the grounds of the sexual orientation. LGBT people are up to 5 times more likely to attempt suicide. The aim of IDAHO day is to prevent this, and promote the social acceptance of the LGBT community.

Locally, The Bristol lesbian gay bisexual and transgender forum will beheld a little after the official date because the 10K run will take over central Bristol the previous weekend. The event will be held on Saturday 21st May in Queen Square from 1 to 4pm. In Wiltshire, Wiltshire & Swindon Men’s Sexual Health will also be supporting the event.