On May 17th 2012, on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), IGLYO celebrates the work of its members and individuals who are taking action and stand united in challenging stigma and discrimination to improve the lives of LGBTQ young people across the globe.
This year the focus of IDAHO is on challenging homophobia in and through education. IGLYO commends the work of activists who have, and continue to campaign tirelessly for inclusive education, and the work of educators, who are proactive in embedding the principles of human rights and equality across the curriculum and have an unwavering commitment to challenging homophobia and transphobia.
However, in many classrooms and lecture theatres across Europe LGBTQ young people are denied access to information about sexual orientation and gender identity and regularly experience discrimination and stigma.
In IGLYO’s 2006 survey, LGBTQ young people reported that they experienced more homo/bi/transphobia and in school than anywhere else in their lives.
IGLYO strongly advocates for education that is fully inclusive of diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Its guidelines on inclusive education provide a framework to help ensure that this is brought to fruition and that all young people have access to safe and supportive learning environments. IGLYO recognises that challenging homo/bi/transphobia in and through education requires commitment on every level – students, teachers and at every level of government.
IGLYO calls for EU policy makers to ensure that across Europe there is full support for, and adherence to the Equal Treatment Directive that includes equal access to education regardless of sexual orientation so that this becomes reality, and that LGBTQ young people are able to access educational opportunities that enable them to learn, develop, contribute fully and so achieve their potential.
IGLYO is a Brussels-based umbrella organization representing the needs and interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer young people throughout the pan-European region.