IDAHOT 2017 and LGBTI Training Package

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

IDAHOT was created in 2004 to draw the attention of organizations, policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by persons of diverse sex, sexual orientation and gender identity – including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) – across the world. IDAHOT is celebrated on May 17 in more than 130 countries; 1600 events were reported by 1280 organizations in 2014.

Why does IOM celebrate IDAHOT?
Two of IOM’s fundamental principles are equality and non-discrimination. We believe abuses against LGBTI people, including our LGBTI staff members and the LGBTI migrants we serve every day, must end. It is imperative we build a work environment with zero tolerance for homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.

This year we have collected a number of quotes from LGBTI staff members on their own experiences, you can read them here: IOM staff member quotes

Download a PDF of IOM's IDAHOT Flyer


LGBTI Training Package

LGBTI people face a complex array of challenges and threats, including discrimination, prejudice, violence, difficulty accessing humanitarian services and barriers to articulating their protection needs to assisting organizations. Efforts to improve the protection of LGBTI people have recently gained increased attention and support from States and the broader humanitarian and human rights community. Despite significant activity in this area, discrimination, neglect and persecution of LGBTI people is still endemic. 

This LGBTI Training Package introduces participants to foundation topics related to working with LGBTI people in the humanitarian context, including terminology, global issues, the types of discrimination and persecution LGBTI people face, how to successfully communicate with LGBTI people, problematic assumptions we may have that can impact the provision of effective assistance, and frequently asked questions about LGBTI issues.

To take this training webinar, you will need the Participant Workbook on Working with LGBTI persons in the Humanitarian Context. Links to all support material are available below.


Training Overview for Facilitators


Module 1 - Foundation topics


Module 2 - Conducting Interviews


Module 3 - Operational Protection


Module 4 - Thematic Topics

Forced Displacement Version (Coming June 2017)


Module 05 Refugee Status Determination

This module must be requested directly from UNHCR. Please email Jennifer Rumbach, for more information.


Short Sessions

1-Hour Information Session - Foundation Topics (Coming June 2017)

3-Hour Briefing Session - Foundation Topics (Coming June 2017)


Training Aides



Webinar Videos


Webinar Participant Workbooks

A webinar on Operational Protection and Emergencies will be added in 2016. Please check back!