International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is celebrated each year on May 17th, and today marks the twenty sixth anniversary of when the World Health Organization made the decision to officially remove homosexuality from its list of International Classification of Diseases.
The day is mainly celebrated to raise awareness and recognize the fact that there are countless actions that occur on a daily basis which causes major discrimination and violent behaviours that are directed towards individuals who belong to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) group of people from all across the globe.
The US Embassy stated in their release earlier today that and we quote, “Despite these unfortunate incidents of discrimination, the commemoration of IDAHO should be seen as a great opportunity to highlight the positive aspects of the LGBT community and celebrate the rich diversity, accomplishments and contributions the LGBT community brings to Belize and the world”. End of quote.
The release concludes by saying that the US remains firm in its course of action which states that the rights of the LGBT are universal and that the US will continue to show support with regards to the promotion of the LGBT rights here in Belize.
And while IDAHO is being celebrated worldwide, reports from BBC News indicate that the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, has officially made a call for the legalization of same sex marriage nationwide after a meeting that was held with members form the LGBT. The president announced that he has already signed initiatives so as to have marriage equality in the country’s constitution and federal civil code.
Nieto posted a number of tweets which showed his support for same sex marriage which is currently legal in the capital of Mexico along with three other states for quite some time now.
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