International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!
As the NASUWT marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), we remember that during times of crisis, it is ever more important to safeguard the equalities that have been hard won around the world and to fight for those whose rights and safety have been eroded or never existed.
IDAHOBIT is a day recognised across the globe, where people come together and raise awareness of the violation of rights that the LGBTI community continue to face.
Persecution, harassment, blackmail, violence and death are what so many LGBTI around the world face on a daily basis. The NASUWT works with global partners and sister unions to fight these injustices.
We remember, with sadness, those who have lost their lives because of their LGBTI status in the past year, most recently Ali Fazeli Monfared, a 20-year-old gay Iranian man, who was killed in an ‘honour killing’ by some of his male family members after they found out he was gay and about to leave Iran to join his partner in Turkey.
The NASUWT continues to campaign for the rights of all LGBTI teachers during the very difficult circumstances of the ongoing global pandemic.
At the 2021 LGBTI Consultation Conference, members reported that the lack of ability to meet with, and get support and solidarity from, other members of their community has had a damaging impact on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTI people:
82% said that successive lockdowns had had a worsening impact on their mental health and wellbeing;
71% said the extended periods of isolation during the pandemic have had a disproportionate impact on LGBTI people;
23% said they have had to seek specialist support for their mental health during the pandemic; and
- 36% said they think homo/bi/transphobia has got worse during the last 12 months during the pandemic. Many members stated that they had noticed a rise in prejudicial and hateful language being used online in the last year.
These issues are only exacerbated in countries where LGBTI rights are more restricted, if not non-existent.
For the 2020 TUC LGBT+ Conference, the NASUWT submitted a motion focusing on the need to lobby governments to end human rights abuses against LGBTI people, noting that in some countries, LGBTI people have seen an erosion of basic human rights.
The motion ‘LGBTI solidarity - tackling worldwide discrimination’, see right/below, condemns the appalling treatment of LGBTI people across the globe, highlighting state-sanctioned discrimination, persecution and even death suffered by many LGBTI people.
This motion continues to drive the work of the TUC LGBT+ Committee, which is working to create an international campaigns resource pack. The NASUWT is represented on this Committee.
Additionally, the NASUWT motion to the 2019 EI Congress was adopted unanimously and is now a key piece of work for global education unions for the next four years. The resolution can be read in full on the right/below.
If you have experienced any of the issues associated with LGBTI prejudice and need support or advice, please contact the NASUWT.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is a Civil Awareness Day that is celebrated on 17 May.
It was founded as the International Day Against Homophobia, or IDAHO, by French academic Louis-Georges Tin and has been extended to co-ordinate international events to garner support for the respect of LGBT rights worldwide.
The date of 17 May was chosen because homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on this date in 1990.
In commemorating IDAHOBIT, the NASUWT sends a message of solidarity and support to all those continuing to fight the diseases of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia at home and around the world.