International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) takes place every year to draw attention to the discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people can face.
To mark IDAHO 2013, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental rights and Citizenship delivers today a speech during a conference hosted by the Dutch government in The Hague. This top event gathers more than 700 participants among which ministers, NGOs and representatives from EU institutions and international organisations. Others speakers include Kinga Göncz (European Parliament), Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz (Polish Secretary of State), Kathleen Lynch (Irish Minister of State), Maria Ochoa-Llidó (Council of Europe), and Evelyne Paradis (ILGA Europe).
On this occasion, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) presents the results of its survey 'European Union lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender survey'. The findings are presented and streamed live.
ILGA-Europe, the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex Association, also celebrates IDAHO 2013 by launching the Rainbow Europe package reviewing the situation of LGBTI people in Europe and measuring the progress of European institutions and national governments towards full respect of LGBTI human rights.
In this perspective, the European Commission has recently opened a dedicated online portal about LGBT, including information about legal aspects, EU action and funding available.