International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)


May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). On this day, we commemorate the decision taken by the World Health Organisation in 1990 to withdraw homosexuality from the international classification of diseases.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders takes this opportunity to underline that the fight against all discriminations and for the equality of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, is a priority of Belgium’s foreign policy.

To be credible, it is important for Belgium to lead by example. Didier Reynders welcomes in this regard the fact that our country remains at the top of the yearly ranking of ILGA-Europe, the European umbrella for LGBTI organizations. This year, Belgium gained one place and is now second of the index that evaluates national legislation and policy with regard to human rights of LGBTI persons.

Discrimination, acts of violence and hate based on sexual orientation or gender remain all too common across the world. Just yesterday, Belgium joined the call of the Equal Rights Coalition to end the practice of forced anal exams targeting gay and bisexual men and transgender women on account of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Our country also pursues a humanitarian welcome policy in favor of LGBTI persons who are the victims of grave persecutions in their country of origin.

Belgium will continue to act worldwide for the respect, the safeguard and the promotion of Human rights of LGBTI persons, whether in its bilateral relations or in international fora.