IDAHOBIT Day32 years ago – on May 17, 1990 – the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. IDAHOBIT Day – the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally, and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination. It’s about being visible.

In this podcast we bring you three very different ways that members of the global rainbow community have chosen to show their true colours. In each case there were risks. But in each case, the need to be heard, overrode those fears. We hear from:

  • Rebecca Lögas da Silva, one of 125 priests and staff in the German Catholic Church who risked their employment by staging a collective “coming out”;
  • Philippe Talavera, the Director of Namibia’s first every LGBT feature film, and one that shows LGBT relationships in a positive light; and
  • Bashar Murad, the first openly queer Palestinian pop singer who uses his songs to raise issues of social activism in the Middle East.