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JLL commemorates International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

LONDON, 17 May 2017 - On Wednesday 17 May, JLL will commemorate the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOT) by asking its employees to wear bright colours in support of Rainbow Families (families with at least one member identifying as LGBTI+). Led by JLL’s LGBTI+ network, Building Pride, employees will be asked to share photos and anecdotes on social media throughout the day.

What is IDAHOT?

27 years ago on May 17 1990, the World Health Organisation finally declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. In 2004, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOT) was created to honour this day, not only to draw the world’s attention to the violence and discrimination still experienced by the LGBTI+ communities internationally but also as a celebration of sexual and gender diversities across the globe. In under a decade, IDAHOT day has established itself as the single most important date for LGBTI+ communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale. 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. IDAHOT is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organisations in 2014. These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

This year’s celebration is based on the theme, ‘Love Makes a Family’ and throughout Europe, the Rainbow Cities Network is joining the IDAHOT 2017 celebrations by organising a photo exhibition on family diversity.

Craig Bluer, Director in JLL’s Property & Asset Management and Co-Chair of JLL’s Building Pride Network, said: “When we think about LGBTI+ awareness, we often think about it in a political or workplace sense and forget the vital importance of familial support both from the family you’re born into and the ones you create through friendship and organised networks such as Building Pride. We want to communicate to anyone that identifies as LGBTI+ that they should not be afraid to be who they are and know that they will always have a Rainbow Family at JLL.”
The UK Building Pride Network is an inclusive network and is actively encouraging allies to join as well as LGBTI+ staff. If you would like to know more about our LGBTI+ network and initiatives, please visit our Diversity & Inclusion website.