Each year the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB, or as it is commonly rephrased in the UK, “IDAHOBIT”) is marked on May 17th – the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
For 2016 the chosen focus is Mental Health and Wellbeing. Within that two issues are being highlighted: “gay cure” therapy and access to care for trans people. That doesn’t bar other things though – bi people and organisations might want to reflect and highlight the increasingly well-documented gap in mental health between gay and bisexual people.
On trans issues they are supporting the removal of ‘Gender Dysphoria’ / ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ categories from the international diagnoses manuals (DSM of the American Psychiatric Association and ICD of the World Health Organization).
“Gay cure” treatments – the debunked notion that bi and gay people can be talked into being heterosexual – have been in the political eye in recent years in the UK with parliamentary debates on outlawing them and ensuring the NHS does not fund such therapy.
There are events lined up around the UK in Coventry, Brighton, Manchester, Lancaster, Leamington Spa, London and more. See dayagainsthomophobia.org/looking-ahead-the-uk-in-2016/