International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO)

Commemoration & Call to Action

May 17, 2013

On May 17, 1990, the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization approved the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD 10), which no longer listed homosexuality as a diagnosis. The day has become an international occasion to educate about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people, and to advocate for sensible public policies regarding LGBT people.

What Can Psychologists Do?

IDAHO creates a valuable opportunity for psychologists to engage in public education activities. The APA's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office (LGBTCO) offers a range of resources from informational brochures to APA policy statements to comprehensive reports that can be used to support your efforts. These resources can be used not only on May 17, and not only to educate the general public and LGBT people about what psychology has to say about sexual orientation and gender identity, but also media professionals, policy makers and others. Please let the LGBTCO know of activities you decide to undertake and contact the office if you have questions or need technical assistance.

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