IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) – Wednesday 17 May 2017

Published on 15th May 2017

rainbow flag flying at the Municipal offices

Cheltenham partners will be celebrating IDAHOT Day 2017 on Wednesday 17 May.

The day represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.

May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal. The date of 17 May was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

To celebrate the day in Cheltenham, rainbow flags will be flying at a number of public buildings in the town, including the town hall, The Wilson – Cheltenham’s Art Gallery and Museum, Municipal Offices, Hester’s Way Community Resource Centre and all of the University of Gloucestershire’s campuses. 

Cheltenham Trust will also screen two short films about identity, by award winning film maker Jake Graf.  These will be shown at The Wilson on a drop-in, rolling basis on Wednesday 17th May from 2.45 – 5.30pm in The Space. 

The first film is called ‘Dawn’ and is about a chance meeting between a man and a woman as dawn creeps across London. He is blind, and she has transitioned, and the film explores what defines and limits identity as they face the undeniable reality that in the cold light of day, it takes more than the eyes to see inside a soul. 

The second film is called ‘Chance’ and is about two men. One has just lost his wife and is sinking into despair and isolation. In each other, they unexpectedly find hope and then love. 

Visitors and members of the public are invited to drop in and watch the films.  Admission is free of charge.  

For those seeking more information, Jake Graf's 'Headspace' makes compelling viewing. A four minute piece, the film shows many of the real everyday challenges faced by those who have transitioned. 

Helen Down, participation and engagement team leader, says: “The LGBT+ Partnership in Cheltenham is pleased to see IDAHOT Day celebrated in the borough. The day provides an opportunity that everyone can take advantage of to take action show support for the LGBT+ community

Richard Statham, Community Engagement Manager at Cheltenham Trust said, “The Cheltenham Trust is pleased to provide an opportunity for people to come and watch the two short films on IDAHOT Day.  They are both thought provoking and well worth popping in to see.”

For media enquiries, contact: Jemima Lawson, communications officer, telephone 01242 775 050, email