17 May, International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Celebrated in more than 130 countries, the date was chosen to commemorate May 17, 1990, when WHO deleted homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses, calling it for the first time “a natural variant of human behavior.” it took another 4 years for the decision to become operational, with the subsequent edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders) approved in 1994, that historic date (later cited in Article 4 of the ‘Resolution of the European Parliament of 26 April 2007 on homophobia in Europe ‘- READ) is remembered to celebrate the World Day’ IDAHOBIT – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia ‘every year. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the planning of events this year proves to be particularly difficult “, reads the official website ‘may17.org’ where various initiatives are presented, also with previews of the months to follow. Among these, the virtual festival to be held from 24 to 26 September 2021: ‘the International LGBTQ + Rights Festival’. For the occasion, over 200 artists from all continents will present works, musical performances, video-art and much more, with the aim of raising funds for the benefit of organizations dealing with LGBTQI + issues.
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