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May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) – a worldwide celebration of Sexual and Gender Diversity.

IDAHOT was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms around the world.

In under a decade, it has established itself as the single most important date for LGBTIQ communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale, uniting millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

It is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organisations in 2014.

In this update we feature three key toolkits for activists, practitioners and policymakers working for LGBTIQ rights around the world.

Sexuality and Social Justice: A Toolkit | Sexuality, Poverty and Law
The Sexuality and Social Justice Toolkit, is a user-friendly resource to assist activists, civil society organisations, researchers and others in understanding some of the most pressing issues relating to sexuality, gender identity an...
Security in-a-Box Community Focus: digital security tools and tactics for the LGBTI community in sub-Saharan Africa
Tactical Technology Collective 2014
Tactical Tech have created a new guide: Tools and Tactics for the LGBTI community in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the second in the series of Security in-a-box Community Focus guides, which aim to further integrate digital security int...
Protection Manual for LGBTI Defenders
S. Kirven; E. Eguren; M. Caraj 2010
Protection International has been working in the protection of human rights defenders for some years. Through its work with LGBTI defenders in Nepal and confirmed by other defenders around the globe it began to identify common issues ...