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British Embassy in Havana marks International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

The celebration was marked by flying a rainbow flag outside the Embassy and taking part in the Pride walk for diversity aimed at supporting LGBTI rights.

Rainbow flag flying at British Embassy Havana
Rainbow flag flying at British Embassy Havana

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is observed on May 17 since 1990 to celebrate the elimination of homosexuality from the list of mental diseases by the General Assembly of the World Health Organisation. Its main purpose is to coordinate international events that raise awareness on LGBTI rights violations and stimulate the respect of this community worldwide. This year’s IDAHOBIT theme is Families.

UK’s work to protect the rights of LGBTI people through international institutions is an important part of our international efforts to address the issue. The UK is also committed to protecting the rights of LGBTI people at home. On 29 March 2014 the first same sex weddings took place in Britain and a rainbow flag was flown above the Cabinet Office to mark the historic milestone for civil rights.

All of us need to reflect on the role we have to play in challenging all forms of discrimination. Today we have the opportunity to consider how we can work towards eliminating homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and promoting diversity and tolerance.

LGBT people and partnership rights – Stonewall

Human Rights and Democracy Reports

Published 18 May 2017