May 17, 2018
By Juliette Beaulaton
Today, we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). This day was created to shed light on the persistent widespread cases of discrimination against the LGBTI+ community, but also to celebrate sexual and gender diversity across the world.
On 17 May, we also commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in 1990, 28 years ago. This date should remind us of how much progress has been achieved in 28 years thanks to the determination and sacrifice of people around the globe, but also of how recent and fragile this change of mentalities is.
Sadly, ILGA’s Rainbow Europe 2018 is a shocking example of the fragility of the progress towards equality, as LGBTI+ equality law and policy are slowing down in Europe.
This is unacceptable.
It shows that none of the rights obtained in the past decades should be taken for granted, and that the fight is far from over. We should not let the perception of a clear improvement fool us. We need to keep fighting hand in hand for equality.
On this day, we rally under the 2018 theme “Alliances for Solidarity” and pledge to continue building bridges between people and organizations to make our voice always louder and support the most vulnerable groups.
AEGEE-Europe is determined to work towards equal rights for LGBTI+ people and encourages all AEGEE Antennae to join the fight by offering all our members the opportunity to get informed and involved, and by building bridges at the local level. To get started, you can consult AEGEE Equal Rights Activities Booklet and share your initiatives with the network by contacting the Equal Rights Working Group, which will spread your events, ideas and motivation!