The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, (IDAHO) is an annual event celebrated every May 17. The day aims to raise awareness of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights violations.
May 17 was the day that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990.
The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policy makers, political leaders, social movements, public opinion, the media, etc… to this issue, and to promote a world of tolerance, respect and freedom regardless of people’s sexual orientation or gender identity. As much as it is a day against violence and oppression, it is a day for freedom, diversity and acceptance.
RainbowFlash events are organized every year. The idea of the event is to release balloons with the six colors of the rainbow by which confirming one’s eagerness to fight against homophobia and transphobia. Every willing person participates regardless their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or other characteristics.
On May 17 at 6pm people gathered in Yerevan near Tumanyan park for participating in RainbowFlash 2013. Few seconds, and the pleasure began: lots of colorful balloons in the sky that have started their peaceful mission.
Since 2010 “Public Information and Need of Knowledge” NGO together with partners are organizing RainbowFlash.