Every year on the May 17 people all over the world celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOT). This is one of the most important days for the LGBT community. On May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) excluded homosexuality from the international classification of diseases. This marked an immense step towards equality. Since 2004, people celebrate this day worldwide to draw attention to issues of discrimination and violence against LGBT people. This year, a variety of events dedicated to honoring May 17 happened in more than 130 countries, including those 37 countries in which same-sex sexual relations are prohibited by law.


The state can not have a presumption of innocence. Lawyers will probably disagree with me on this matter, but I am convinced of this. The state is guilty by definition if it is being accused of violations of human rights. It must prove that it does not violate human rights. For this to happen we must not be afraid to ask uncomfortable questions, we must not be afraid to reach out to the victims, whoever they are. We must remember how easy it is to deceive us, how easy it is to scare us, with Muslims, Chechens, gays. The capacity of modern media to create an image of an enemy is immense. And then we must not give in to the fascist inside us.


May 17 marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT). On the 17th of May 2017, the Report on the activities of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation for 2016 was published. The second event highlights the crucial importance of the first one.



"At the end of the first day participants gathered around the campfire with a guitar. Around 11 pm there was an armed attack on the camp. From 5 to 8 people, armed with sticks, started hitting the windows of the participants’ cars left near the tents. Several people were subjected to physical violence and got serious injuries. All these actions were accompanied by homophobic insults".


The Russian LGBT Network is deeply shocked by the events that happened in Orlando on June 12, 2016, by the events that caused death of 49 people and serious injuries of more than 50 people. The Russian LGBT Network express the deepest condolences to all friends and relatives of victims and survivors, and to all the population of the United States of America. We grieve together with you.


On May 17, the world celebrates International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. On this day in 1990, the World Health Organization excluded homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases.  Since 17 May 2009, Russia has held the Rainbow flashmob when colourful balloons are released into the sky. Out Loud tells how and where the actions took place in Russia.