Friday 17th May, 2013 is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). On this day, IGLYO joins with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) activists across the globe in standing against discrimination and advocating for a world where we, young people in all our diversity, are able to express and define our own sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, and are able to participate fully in all aspects of life, rise to our full potential, and enjoy respect and positive recognition.
IGLYO marks this day with participation in the 1st International IDAHO 2013 Forum in The Hague organized by the Government of the Netherlands.
During the event, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has presented the results of the survey of experiences of violence and discrimination by LGBT people. This is the first survey of its kind, with around 93,000 respondents from all across the EU and Croatia, making it the largest and most comprehensive survey on LGBT issues to date in the world. The results of this survey show the negative experiences of LGBT people across employment, health care, services, education and paints a troubling picture of the fear, isolation and discrimination experienced by LGBT people in their everyday lives.
IGLYO is particularly concerned to read within the results of the survey, that young people aged between 18 and 24 are most likely to be discriminated against and that over 80% in every EU Member State recall negative comments or bullying of LGBT youth at school.
Patrick Dempsey, Communications Officer of the IGLYO Board attending the launch of the survey results commented: ”It is particularly shocking to hear that 60% of respondents to the survey were bullied in school because they are LGBTQ, and 80% have seen their peers bullied because they are LGBTQ. Worryingly, this is happening at an age where people are at their most vulnerable stage of development. Political leaders and the European Union need to take more concrete actions to ensure that LGBTQ young people are protected.”
IGLYO calls on the European Commission to produce and adopt an EU roadmap to LGBTQ equality to address discrimination, harassment and bullying of LGBTQ people, heteronormativity and gender normativity, teacher competences and non-inclusive policies in the field of education.
As IDAHOT 2013 is celebrated around Europe and the world, IGLYO commends and supports the actions of its member organisations in standing up against LGBTQ- phobia in all its forms. IGLYO also supports the No Hate Speech Movement campaign of Council of Europe, inviting LGBTQ youth to take action against hate speech online. For more information visit campaigns website: www.nohatespeechmovement.org/join-the-movement
Contact: Patrick Dempsey
For further information on the survey results you can visit FRA website.
Background on IDAHO(T): The term homophobia was first used in 1969 by George Weinberg and has become known through his book ‘Society and the Healthy Homosexual’ (1971). The reason that this particular day has been selected, is because on this day in 1990, homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO). IDAHO(T) was established in 2005 and in 2009 transphobia was added to the name of the campaign.