Speeches and articles
Seeking an End to Homophobia and Transphobia
May 17, 2012
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is celebrated annually on May 17, as a means to bring attention to and combat discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people. As Secretary of State Clinton has said “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn recognizes the efforts of individuals and groups in Estonia and around the world seeking to end prejudice and abuse due to sexual orientation and gender identity. The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which was first launched in Paris 2004, has become an important focal point for raising awareness of the human rights problems confronting LGBT people globally and spurring positive action.