ADMINISTRATOR HELEN CLARK
MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA
17 MAY 2012
Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). It commemorates the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. That was indeed a milestone, and since then there has been much progress. Last year, the Human Rights Council passed their first resolution ever on “Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity”. An historic study documenting discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity was produced by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and debated by the Council.