17 May - International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

The Namibia Diverse Women’s Association (NDWA) and Trans Intersex Androgynous Movement of Namibia (TIAMON) commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), emphasising the importance of recognising the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI+) community in Namibia.
Under the theme "No one left behind: equality, freedom, and justice for all", they unite in advocating for global LGBTI+ rights, celebrating resilience and progress while acknowledging ongoing challenges.
NDWA and TIAMON acknowledge the persistence of Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Namibia, manifested through hate speech, hate crimes, familial rejection, and systemic discrimination. Despite increased visibility and debates on LGBTI+ issues, inclusive legislative frameworks and support systems remain lacking, leading to heightened discrimination and the rise of anti-LGBTI sentiment.
As advocates for LGBTI+ rights, NDWA and TIAMON express concern over leaders perpetuating hate speech, fueling discrimination and violence against LGBTI individuals. They stress the integral citizenship of LGBTI Namibians and call for understanding and inclusivity from state organs and societal institutions.
NDWA and TIAMON condemn exclusionary practices and urge the government to uphold the principles of inclusivity outlined in the Namibian Constitution. They reject any legislation or policy that discriminates against the LGBTI+ community, advocating for equal treatment and protection under the law.
Emphasising unity and justice, NDWA and TIAMON call for collective action to denounce all forms of Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Namibia. They assert that respecting diverse sexual orientations and gender identities is fundamental to upholding Namibia’s national values.
On May 17th, NDWA and TIAMON, alongside the LGBTI community, reaffirm their commitment to dispelling myths and promoting acceptance, challenging societal prejudices, and upholding the rights of all Namibians.