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The Violence Must End for LGBTI Equality, IDAHOT 2016
Today, IPPF/WHR is recognizing the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT), a day to celebrate sexual and gender diversity. This international day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the effects of homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia globally. This year, the global campaign is focussed on "Mental Health and Well Being."
In this region, significant progress has been achieved in the global fight for legal equality, including co-maternal or co-paternal rights, and legal recognition of the identity of trans individuals. However, at the same time, the region shows the highest levels of homophobic and transphobic violence.
Stigma, discrimination and violence related to sexual orientation and gender identity negatively affect overall mental health and wellbeing. This has a significant impact on young people, who are particularly vulnerable of being exposed to homophobic or transphobic attitudes and expressions within the family, educational institutions, the health system, and social settings. The impact is alarming with high suicide and suicide attempt rates in young people experiencing this harassment across the region.
Homophobic or transphobic bullying represents one of the major obstacles in the access to education for young people perceived to be outside of the norms that constitute what are "feminine" and "masculine," including young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people. It is important to ensure young people are able to access quality education in a safe and secure learning environment, with curriculum inclusive of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, or intersex statuses.
IPPF/WHR believes in the freedom, equality, integrity, and dignity of all people, and every person’s right to live a life free from discrimination based on sexuality, sex or gender, including LGBTI people. In 2015, over 75 per cent of IPPF Member Associations in the Western Hemisphere region conducted campaigns to reduce discriminatory policies and practices and/or to increase access to essential services for LGBTI people.
Throughout the region, it is time to address the alarming levels of homophobic and transphobic violence, secure freedom from discrimination, and safeguard access to the information, services and education required to maintain overall health and well-being for all, including LGBTI people.
Information about IDAHOT and the global focus on “Mental Health and Well Being": Campaign Website