17 May 2021, Kathmandu
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) 2021 has marked by Mitini Nepal, a Non- government organization working for rights and dignity of the Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender along with the theme “Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!”.
The day is celebrated on May 17 created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
This day was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
This year due to the lockdown imposed by the government to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Mitini Nepal has celebrated the day by featuring nine stories of LGBTQ people from Nepal. The story book contains the story of nine individuals who struggled with their family and society to come out of the closet.