From The Statesman

On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT Day), 34 diplomatic missions in the Capital reaffirmed their countries’ strong commitment to promote the universality of human rights and to ensuring that everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, enjoys these rights without discrimination.

The signatories to the joint pledge were the missions of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

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This year, events organised by foreign missions in New Delhi around IDAHOT day included the lighting up of embassies in the iconic colours of the LGBTI rainbow flag, hoisting the rainbow flag on the embassies’ flagpoles, LGBTI film screenings, lectures, as well as social media campaigns using the hashtags #MyCountry4Equality and #IDAHOT2018.

These diverse celebrations raise awareness about this important issue and foster a sense of community and belonging to advance human rights for all throughout the world. When all persons are protected on the basis of equality and with dignity, global stability is enhanced.

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On 17 may, the Embassy of Spain and Instituto Cervantes celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), preceded by a panel discussion with LGBTIQ organizations. With the support of the Delegation of the EU in India, Embassy of Belgium in New Delhi, Gaylaxy Magazine and Solidarity and Action Against The HIV.  Infection in India (SAATHI). FB page HERE