Ireland was one of the over 120 countries which celebrated IDAHOT yesterday, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
The above video, produced by Kay Cairns, shows various Irish people’s definitions of what transphobia and homophobia are, and how they can affect LGBT people. Meanwhile, BeLonG To teamed up with Irish drag queen Panti to talk about freedom of expression for LGBT people, both at home in Ireland and abroad. The commemorations in Ireland were part of IDAHOT’s ninth year, the largest single event raising awareness of LGBT discrimination around the world.
U.S. President Barack Obama released a statement from the White House to mark IDAHOT this year, stating that people “should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, and that no one should face violence or discrimination — no matter who they are or whom they love”:
This year, the United States celebrates the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In doing so, we reflect on lessons learned from our own civil rights struggles and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that the human rights of all people are universally protected.
At a time when, tragically, we are seeing increased efforts to criminalize or oppress LGBT persons, we call on partners everywhere to join us in defending the equal rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters, and in ensuring they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Elsewhere, various prominent figures in other countries also marked the IDAHOT. The President of Costa Rica raised the rainbow flag outside the Presidential house last Friday, while the Prime Minister of Malta has affirmed for IDAHOT, there is “no such thing as à la carte equality”. Meanwhile, the embassies of the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany and the United States raised the rainbow flag in various countries to commemorate the day.