LGBT campaigners are celebrating the seventh International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). The event has been held every year since 2005 to raise awareness of discrimination and harassment of LGBT people around the globe. It is estimated that around 50 million people in 50 countries will be aware of the events messages today.
The date of IDAHO marks the day when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. The European Parliament is to hold a series of events, while the United Nations will release a document of its most important declarations on LGBT rights translated in to many languages.
Across the UK, town halls, public buildings and businesses are being encouraged to fly the rainbow flag to mark this special day.