16 May 2017

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) Day

IDAHOT Day aims to raise awareness of the violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide. This in turn provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion, and wider civil society.

National Equality Officer Linda Roy said "LGBT rights in many countries throughout the world have been improving rapidly since the 1970s. But sadly too many LGBT people continue to face gross intolerance from many parts of society.

In the UK, following the Brexit referendum, we have seen a rise in homophobic hate crimes.  Debates at this year’s Annual General Conference also highlighted that in Turkey and Chechnya discrimination and violence against LGBT people is supported or encouraged by the state. These abuses of human rights were condemned unanimously by delegates.

The CWU are proud to commemorate IDAHOT Day. We were the first trade union to build a dedicated IDAHOT memorial which is situated in the garden of the CWU Education Centre at Alvescot Lodge.

Through the NEC and LGBT advisory committee we will continue to play a lead role in promoting LGBT rights, and supporting those who are abused and oppressed because of their gender identity and sexual orientation in Turkey, Chechnya and worldwide.”



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