Edinburgh the First UK city to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia

Edinburgh will be among the first cities in the UK to formally commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), to be marked on 17th May in more than 40 countries around the world.

This will be the second annual IDAHO, which seeks to highlight the prejudice, abuse and violence suffered by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

A motion submitted to City of Edinburgh Council by Green Councillor Maggie Chapman on 1st May declared the council’s support and solidarity for IDAHO, and agreed to fly the rainbow flag from the City Chambers building on 17th May.  It was passed unanimously.

Cllr Chapman said

I am very pleased that we will be marking this important day.  Although there have been positive moves forward both legally and socially regarding equality for LGBT people, many, in the UK and beyond, still face discrimination, prejudice and abuse.  Homosexuality is still illegal in many parts of the world, sometimes being punishable by death.  It is so important for us to raise awareness of hate crime and show support for the victims of such injustice.”

IDAHO is commemorated on 17th May because on that date in 1990, the UN World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the list of mental disorders.  This marked the end of more than a century of institutionalised medical homophobia.