May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

On May 17th we join queer communities and allies worldwide to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

Over the last two years and counting, there’s no question that most safe spaces disappeared—access to people and places that young folks relied on to feel seen, heard, and represented.

Self-isolation often meant losing the comfort and safety of one’s chosen family. With school closures, many also lost access to teachers and other affirming adults.

As the pandemic ends, we’re helping 2SLGBTQ+ youth regain their sense of safety and belonging—

with renewed hope and healing in mind. Through the power of storytelling, It Gets Better Canada is working to rebuild a strong sense of community that is needed to not just survive—but thrive. 

At It Gets Better Canada, we’re creating a new way forward, one where 2SLGBTQ+ youth are empowered to reclaim their right to love and be loved—just as they are.


This day was created to mark the World Health Organization’s (WHO) important step to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder, on May 17th, 1990.

Every year, advocates around the world call on local authorities, decision-makers, and the public to recognize and support the issues those with diverse sexual identities, gender expressions, and sex characteristics currently face.

It Gets Better Canada logo with two gender diverse people embracing and laughing. Text: Celebrate Gender Diversity. International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia May 17, 2022
Representation is ever-evolving

Originally called “International Day Against Homophobia” to reflect the WHO’s decision on homosexuality, the name has rightfully expanded—to reflect other identities.

First in 2009, to include transphobia and bring attention to the specific experiences at the intersection of sexual orientation and gender expression. And again in 2015, to include biphobia and acknowledge the issues faced by those who identify as bisexual.

At It Gets Better Canada, we strive to celebrate diverse voices across the 2SLGBTQ+ spectrum. Through the power of storytelling, we continue to honour and share important narratives within the 2SLGBTQ+ community, including those experiencing lesbophobia, intersexphobia, and other experiences.

How can I support 2SLGBTQ+ youth today—and every day?

You can uplift and empower our young folks by spreading awareness, expressing your support, and creating connection by:

1.  Recognizing the day on your socials with our toolkit

Download and post the shareable images recognizing the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) and start an important dialogue on your social media today. Remember to tag us – @itgetsbettercanada

2. Donating to advance our cause

Every donation helps shape a brighter and more hopeful future. Click here to donate and to invest in 2SLGBTQ+ youth.

3. Supporting It Gets Better Canada beyond donations

Can’t make a personal donation? There are many other ways you can directly advance our cause. Check out our recent article, 6 Ways To Support It Gets Better Canada When You Can’t Donate, to get started.

4. Connect resources to youth in need

If you or a queer youth in your life is in need of immediate help, connect with a life-affirming resource in your community. Find our list of 2SLGBTQ+ organizations across Canada here.

IDAHOBIT social media toolkit. 

Download images to post on your social channels and show your support for the day.


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