On May 17 2013 people around the world will mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
There are still 80 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal – and nine where it is punishable by death.
IDAHO began in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to this issue.
The date of 17 May was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision – in 1990 – to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
IDAHO is now celebrated in more than 100 countries, in all world regions and in places as diverse as Australia, Iran, Cameroon and Albania.
Greater Manchester has led the way in the UK and around the world in driving forward lesbian, gay bisexual and trans (LGBT) equality. Manchester is renowned as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.
Tony is proud of both Greater Manchester’s LGBT heritage and the city’s association with IDAHO.
Click here for more information about IDAHO.