Editors' Note: Brian Tofte-Schumacher is Communications Associate at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. He tweets on @IGLHRC and personally as @briantschu.
On the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), May 17, 2012, we recognized the tireless work of human rights defenders around the globe. In the face of harsh discrimination and persistent human rights violations, activists and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people everywhere demonstrate extraordinary resilience.
At the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), we were honored to partner with LGBT human rights defenders from Asia and Pacific Islands, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa who work to end homophobia and transphobia in their communities.
We collaborate with colleagues and partners to document and report specific examples of homophobic or transphobic violence and discrimination to key human rights bodies, including the United Nations, and together envision a world where one day the human rights of everyone, everywhere, are honored, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
According to the "Global Webportal for Information and Action on IDAHO," activists in nearly 100 countries around the world stood up against homophobia and transphobia in their communities. The web portal collected amazing stories and published news and events from several organizations.