Sending Office: Honorable Barbara Lee
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Endorsed By: Advocates for Youth, American Progress, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Global Equality, GLSEN, Heartland Alliance International, Human Rights Watch, Immigration Equality Action Fund, PFLAG


Dear Colleague:

I invite you to join me in becoming an original cosponsor of my resolution supporting the goals and ideals of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT), which is observed annually on May 17th.

Whether here at home or around the world, homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia are alive and well – and it is up to us to speak out. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), homophobia can affect one’s physical and mental health,
including increased risk of depression and suicide. Homophobia can also result in limiting access to high quality health care, and negatively affect income and employment status. For many people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer
(LGBTQ), community environments – such as schools, clinical settings, and the workplace – are unsafe and unwelcoming spaces.

Worldwide, nearly 2 billion people live in the 68 countries that criminalize same-sex activities. LGBTQ individuals in these countries live in a climate of fear, and are often threatened with discrimination, imprisonment, and violence. From Hungary to China,
25 countries have introduced prohibitive provisions that prevent sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) organizations from advocating for LGBTQ rights, stifling their political voice.

Here in the United States, despite advances made in achieving marriage equality for same-sex couples, LGBTQ people still face hatred and discrimination. And 40 percent of homeless youth in America identify as LGBTQ.

That is why I urge you to cosponsor, my resolution marking May 17th the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, and to encourage your constituents to learn more about ways to stop homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
Since the day’s founding, activists have organized IDAHOT events in over 130 countries, involving over 1,200 organizations and uniting millions worldwide.

For questions or to sign on as an original cosponsor of the resolution, please contact Victor Yang at or Samira Damavandi at



Barbara Lee

Member of Congress

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