On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organization made the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases. Yet, despite more than 20 years passing, homophobia and transphobia continue to threaten communities throughout the world. International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is celebrated on May 17 each year to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision and to rally for an end to discrimination and violence against people on the grounds of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
In conjunction with
PT Foundation recognizes International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and the Courage Unfolds campaign as two vital elements in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Discrimination against homosexual, transgender and other communities affected by HIV in
Ultimately, effective HIV prevention can only occur once individuals feel empowered about their sexuality and gender identity. Non-judgement and non-discrimination must be the guiding principles for HIV prevention work, both of which are promoted by the
As sexual transmission becomes the driving factor behind the Malaysian AIDS epidemic, it becomes even more important to empower individuals about their sexuality and gender identity. This cannot happen in an environment of homophobia and transphobia. Thus, all Malaysians must do what they can to rally against discrimination and advocate for dignity and equality for all Malaysians.
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