IDAHOT 2015

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The 17th of May will mark one of the most important dates in the LGBT calendar:

IDAHOT.

IDAHOT is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. IDAHOT is supported in 124 countries generating over 1600 actions and involving over 1200 associations. The focus this year is on LGBTI youth and the bullying they face. The figures on IDAHOT’s website make for depressing reading:

“LGBT youth are four times more likely, and questioning youth three times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.

Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.”

The figures quoted were taken from a 2013 report by the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is an American support network for LGBTI youth between ages 13-24. Their 24 hr helpline is 886-488-7386.

To add my voice to the growing number of actions taking place worldwide I will be giving a series of talks to managers and clients of hostels linked to the charity I volunteer with. I will aim to draw attention to the bullying faced by all LGBT people who are either sleeping rough or living in hostels within my home town. I will also be using this as a jumping off point to educate people about the hurdles faced by trans people, hurdles that would stop many people in their tracks.

I ask you all now to consider what you can do to make this world a better and safer place for all LGBT people. It could be giving a talk within your workplace, asking your local shops to put up posters about LGBT rights, or maybe you could just counter hate speech online from the safety of your own home.

Whatever actions you take, big or small, always remember these words from Mahatma Gandi:

“If you don’t create the world you want to live in then others will do it for you and it may not be a world you like.”

“If you don’t create the world you want to live in then others will do it for you and it may not be a world you like.”

 

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I'm a middle aged MTF transperson, all I want from life is to be left in peace and be allowed to be one of the herd, until society allows that for myself and all trans people I'll stand up to fight for our rights to exist as equals.

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