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IDAHOT 2018: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17, 2018

Vienna, Austria, Washington, D.C. and online

"Alliances for solidarity."

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people have made tremendous progress globally in claiming rights and inclusion, in recent years. However, LGBTI people in many countries continue to face widespread discrimination and violence, which leads to exclusion. This adversely affects both the lives of LGBTI people as well as the communities and economies in which they live.

    On May 17, the World Bank Group commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, or IDAHOT, through discussions and activities around the IDAHOT 2018 theme of “alliances for solidarity” with government officials, policymakers, civil society, and other global influencers in Vienna, Austria; Washington, D.C.; and on social media.

    Highlighting recent World Bank research and data, the discussions and activities aim to shed light on the overlapping dimensions of exclusion LGBTI people face based not only on their sexual orientation or gender identity, but also on other identities such as their ethnicity, religion or social status – and why building alliances is important for achieving equality of opportunity for all, especially the poor and vulnerable.

    How you can participate online:

    • Follow @WBG_Cities to stay updated on the public discussions and activities on IDAHOT 2018.
    • Post your messages of support with a photo on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #IDAHOT or #IDAHOT2018.
    • On IDAHOT, become a🌈#RainbowAlly by posting your selfie with a message of solidarity.
    Learn more about SOGI / LGBTI inclusion: 
  • World Bank Group events and activities commemorating IDAHOT 2018
    May 17, 2018

    Vienna, Austria

    • The event will be co-hosted by the World Bank and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. It will feature opening remarks by the Austrian Federal Ministry and by the World Bank, followed by a panel discussion or remarks by representatives from invited European institutions, and finally a short question and answer session with the audience.
    • This year’s international theme is “alliances for solidarity.” The World Bank and its partners aim to highlight the importance of alliances and intersectionality as well as the powerful roles they play in achieving equality and inclusion of all marginalized groups and minorities.

    Washington, D.C.

    • In commemoration of IDAHOT 2018, the World Bank Group will organize a series of events and activities – including speaker sessions and video screenings – at its headquarters to raise awareness and share knowledge in LGBTI inclusion among staff members.