logo Council of Europe logo Council of Europe Human rights Channel - La chaîne des droits humains

Come out for human rights!

17 MAY International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia

#IDAHOT  #IDAHOTB
Eva Kjer Hansen

"In this fight for equal opportunities regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, everyone can play a role, at their level of responsibility." read more

Eva Kjer Hansen, Minister for Equal Opportunities of Denmark, on behalf of the Chair of the Committee of Ministers

Equal rights for LGBTI persons
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex

LGBT rights are not special rights

Find out about the first international standard on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity

 

Coming out for human rights

Combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

Fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation has been an aim of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 1981. European governments took a historical step on 31 March 2010, when they recommended measures to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This is the first specific legal standard in the world.

What needs to be done? (PDF 824kB)

 

Violence against LGBTI persons
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex

We call on all politicians and decision makers to take action for an inclusive society.

Last year the daily life of many LGBTI people in Europe worsened. Their freedom of assembly and freedom of expression have been restricted. We cannot turn a blind eye to basic human rights.

Piet de Bruyn (Belgium), PACE member

States should invest more efforts in combating homophobia and transphobia

Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe

I call on the national authorities of all Council of Europe member states to send an unequivocal message that they will not tolerate attacks against LGBTI people, including by investigating any violent incidents and prosecuting those responsible. They should invest more efforts in combating homophobia and transphobia in their societies.

States should invest more efforts in combating homophobia and transphobia

Political leaders need to speak against discrimination

Gudrun-Mosler-Tornstrom, Congress President issues a call to action

 

LGBTI Youth and NHSM
No Hate Speech Movement

Say no to homophobic hate speech and violence!

Anne Brasseur, Ambassador of the No Hate campaign speaks out

Equal opportunities for all children

Three central issues prevent LGBTI children and young people from fully realising and enjoying their human rights: prejudice and discrimination, resistant educational systems and the targeting or negation of the work of civil society organisations.

What lessons has Europe learned? (PDF 700 kB)

 

 

The No Hate Speech Movement - Combatting Homophobia and Transphobia online

 

Human rights of transgender persons

Family issues faced by transgender and intersex persons

Interview with Piet de Bruyn (Belgium), PACE member

Protecting human rights of transgender persons

Transgender people face widespread discrimination in Europe, ranging from difficulties in access to work, housing and health services, to being the targets of hate speech, hate crime, bullying and physical and psychological violence. Insufficient awareness of the situation of transgender people among the general public and the lack of accurate, unbiased information in the media leads to higher levels of prejudice and hostility which could be avoided.

What is legal gender recognition? (PDF 191 kB)

 

What is IDAHOT?
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

 

 

History

17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, commemorating the 1990 decision of the World Health Organization to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. Every year, policy makers, opinion leaders, the media and the general public are challenged to address the urgent need to combat violence and discrimination against LGBTI persons and to build inclusive societies, enriched through their diversity.

The Council of Europe has been adamant in voicing its commitment to end homophobia and transphobia in its member states.

What happens on 17 May?

 

 

LGBTI human rights and the Council of Europe

 

Discrimination against LGBTI people remains a reality across Europe. But some progress has been made. Examples of the positive impact of the Council of Europe’s standards and activities include the adoption of new legislation to recognise and protect LGBT couples and families, the adoption of legal gender recognition laws, the launch of national action plans on LGBTI persons’ rights, and exchanges of good practice and know-how on LGBTI inclusive local and regional policies.

Speaking out on sexual orientation and gender identity

 

Find out more about the work of LGBTI NGOs in Europe

ILGA Europe
ILGA Europe
TGEU
TGEU
OII Europe
OII Europe
QUIZ
Are you on top of the rainbow?
Take the challenge!
Quiz
Council of Europe,
Avenue de l'Europe F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France -
Tel. +33 (0)3 88 41 20 00
Disclaimer - © Council of Europe 2018 - © photo credit - Contact - RSS - Report fraud & corruption