May 17 marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia. That date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1990. IDAHO, as it was then called, was started in 2004, the same year as EGPA was founded.
This year, EGPA has commemorated the occasion with our social media campaign highlighting the work we are doing to improve LGBTI training in Police Academies across Europe. Our police forces are now far more aware of LGBTI issues, hate crime and how to investigate crimes against the LGBTI community than ever before. We are also working with other EU agencies including FRONTEX with the same mission.