International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Posted by / Friday 13 May 2016 /

Each year on 17th May, people across the world mark International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) to celebrate the diversity of gender identities and sexual orientations. The day is used by campaigners to highlight important issues to policy makers, leaders, the public and the media to help combat hatred, bigotry and discrimination.

The campaign provides a voice to people facing marginalisation because they do not conform to a heteronormative narrative (the assumption that heterosexuality is normal and that anything other than heterosexuality is abnormal) or a cisgender narrative (people whose gender identity matches the sex that society assigned to them when they were born).

17th May is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014. These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.


People always perform better when they can be themselves and this is an organisation that supports and protects this authenticity. I am proud to be Action for Children’s senior LGBT champion and a member of our award winning staff network, Celebrate LGBT.  The importance of a visible and senior LGBT leadership cannot be underestimated.  Visibility contributes to creating an inclusive working environment for all staff and volunteers and Action for Children is fully committed to the needs of our LGBT staff and volunteers, plus the LGBT children, young people and families who access our services across the UK.  Looking at the Top 100 companies in the Stonewall Index of best employers, many of whom are blue chip global leaders, it also clearly makes good economic business sense. Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is reflected in our Equality and Diversity policy and our four year equality scheme. I am proud to be part of an organisation that ensures all people policies are inclusive of LGBT staff and that provides all new starters with information about our commitment to inclusion and how to join Celebrate LGBT and become and inclusion champion. 

We have more recently been looking at how we engage with staff and volunteers, children, young people and families who identify as trans and we will be shortly launching our guides on working with trans children and young people as well as staff and volunteers.

John Egan

Acting operational director (North) and senior inclusion champion


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