17 May - International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Every year on 17 May the Council of Europe marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. In 2017, the European Organisation for the promotion of human rights is launching an action page dedicated to IDAHOT, calling for policy makers, national and local authorities, but also citizens, to come out for human rights and speak up for the protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.

For many years the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities has been promoting the implementation of grassroots initiatives and policies to guarantee the rights of LGBT persons and to combat discrimination against them.

Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström and other members of the Congress - all local and regional elected representatives - adressed video messages to call on decision-makers and citizens to defend the rights of LGBTI people around the slogan "Come out for Human Rights! ".
Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC),
President of the Congress and Vice-President of the Regional Salzburg Parliament
  Xavier Cadoret (France, SOC), Vice-President of the Congress and Mayor of Saint-Gérant-le-Puy
Stewart Dickson (United Kingdom, ILDG),
Vice-President of the Congress Monitoring Committee and member of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland
  Yoomi Renstrom (Sweden, SOC),
President of the Swedish delegation to the Congress and member of the Regional Council of Gńvleborg
Andreas Galster (Germany, PPE/CCE),
Vice-president of the Congress Governance Committee and Mayor of Baiersdorf
  Jakob Wienen (Netherlands, EPP/CCE),
Vice-President of the Congress Statutory Forum, Chair of the Council for Democratic Elections of the Venice Commissionet and Mayor of Haarlem


2015 - Guaranteeing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people’s rights: a responsibility for Europe’s towns and regions

On Wednesday 25 March 2015, the Congress debated and adopted the resolution and recommendation presented by Yoomi Renström (Sweden, SOC) on “Guaranteeing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people’s rights: a responsibility for Europe’s towns and regions”. These texts call on local and regional authorities to mobilise against the discrimination of all kinds which LGBT people suffer at local level and to introduce policies more respectful of their rights.

Resolution 380 (2015)
Recommendation 370 (2015)
Report CG/2015(28)9FINAL
Speech (German) by Florencio Chicote, Coordinator of the Berlin Action Plan against Homophobia and Transphobia
Interview Mediabox with Florencio Chicote  

2007 - Freedom of assembly and expression for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered persons  

''The rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBT) to freedom of expression and assembly are essential not only to their own individual development but also to the promotion and protection of the principles of equality and democracy'', Valério Prignachi, President of the Congress Social Cohesion Committee, declared on 27 March 2007 when presenting the draft resolution and recommendation on the subject to the Congress. These texts were drafted following violations of LGBT rights in Council of Europe member states. Amongst other things they remind authorities of their obligation to restrict freedom of peaceful assembly only as a last resort, and to take the necessary steps to make sure gatherings are allowed to proceed in peace.
Resolution 230 (2007)
Recommendation 211 (2007)
Report CPL(13)9PART2
Speech by Valério Prignachi
Interview with Jean-Luc Romero, Regional Councillor of Ile-de-France


The Council of Europe IDAHOT action page includes statements and interviews of  the Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, members of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) and of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

Visit the IDAHOT action page and find out more about what the Council of Europe is doing to combat homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, but also what YOU can do!



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