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The International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT), held annually on May 17th since 2005, is today the world’s largest LGBTI solidarity action. Actions take place every year in more than 120 countries and, in 2013/2014, hundreds of millions of people were reached by messages about the Day online. At least 3,000 news articles were published around May 17 in 2014.

Providing information on how much IDAHOT events are being covered is beyond our capacities. But we try to keep track of articles on the importance and the meaning of the Day in general.

Some initial coverage in 2015 includes:

Huffington Post: Standing Shoulder-to-Shoulder With LGBTI Advocates Around the World on IDAHOT

The Advocate: Human Rights  Campaign Op-ed: Why We Need an International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia

International Business Times :  International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia: A history of the LGBT rights day

Patheos:  Why Christians should support International Day Against Homophobia, Lesbphobia and Transphobia

President Obama’s declaration gets as expected lots of coverage:

Here is a round-up of just some of the most interesting coverage from 2014:

Picture 6The Guardian

The Guardian published a widely shared infographic on May 16, in an IDAHOT 2014 collaboration with ILGA World, ILGA Europe and All Out. Data on different areas of legal rights can be browsed by country, and world regions can be compared. They published it together with this article – More than 2.7 billion people live in countries where being gay is a crime – amongst various articles produced in honour of the Day.

Picture 7Huffington Post

Once again, the Huffington Post published a viral round-up of events happening around the world for the IDAHOT in 2014, in their English, French, Spanish and Portuguese outlets. Photos and text were put together in a slider from 27 countries, ccompanied by an op-ed on the significance of the Day. They also published different articles on activists taking action for IDAHOT in Guyana, Australia, Cuba and Costa Rica.

WashingtonPostThe Washington Post

The Washington Post published an infographic on gender and sexual diversity, throughout history, around the world – produced by the IDAHO Committee for May 17, in collaboration with UN campaign Free & Equal, and the Burkle Center for International Research at UCLA. They also covered the day in the context of anti-LGBTI actions in Kazakhstan, and in a photo round-up on May 17

NewsweekThe Economist, CNN and Newsweek

The Economist, CNN and Newsweek all ran stories on actions to mark the IDAHOT 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia, in the context of 2013’s brutal attacks on LGBTI activists, and wider issues regarding EU accession and the rising influence of the Georgian orthodox Church.