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Afghan LGBT+ People and the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. By 2016 the commemorations had taken place in over 130 countries.

The founders of the International Day Against Homophobia, as it was originally known, established the IDAHO Committee to coordinate grass-roots actions in different countries, to promote the day, and to lobby for official recognition on May 17. That date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990.

But in Afghanistan, transgenders, homosexuals, and bisexuals from the time they know themselves little by little, that is, childhood-adolescence, their thoughts and worries about why they are different from others eat them from the inside. Most of these worries stem from family and society not accepting what they are, and turn into confusion, conflicts, and phobias. The reaction of the opposite party of each LGBT+ person, the behavioral and intellectual conflicts of each person in the society towards the sexual and gender minority people make LGBT+ people completely illegitimate and take away their right to live.

Since being LGBT+ is completely prohibited in Islamic countries like Afghanistan, and they cannot be themselves at all, therefore, if they are mistakenly suspected of any LGBT+ activities, they will be punished by the family, society and the ruling government. It should not be said that the rights of the LGBT+ people in Afghanistan have been trampled on for a long time and the changes of different governments have not had any positive effect on the situation of this segment of society.

We ask the international community, the European Union, human rights organizations, and organizations that struggle in the field of LGBT+ rights, not to leave the Afghan LGBT+ people alone at this critical time, to be their voice, and not to withhold their help for a better life.