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Iceland to host the IDAHOT+Forum in 2023

Iceland received the IDAHOT flag from Cyprus and the UK at a ceremony in Limassol, Cyprus, last week. - mynd

The annual IDAHOT+Forum will be held in Iceland in May 2023 in connection with the Icelandic Presidency of the Council of Europe starting this November. This will be the tenth time the Forum is held, and it brings together European governments, activists, civil society, and other stakeholders to assess the progress of LGBTI rights on the continent, celebrate achievements and strengthen European cooperation. The Forum is always organized around the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) which takes place on 17 May each year.

ILGA Europe's Rainbow Map is launched at the IDAHOT+Forum, which shows the legal status and rights of LGBTI people in European countries. Iceland has moved up five places and is now in 9th place compared to 14th place last year.

The Forum is organized by the European Network of LGBTI Governmental Focal Points (EFPN), in co-operation with the Council of Europe. Every year, the Forum is organized by different governments that are members of the EFPN, and Iceland took over the helm from Cyprus and the UK at a ceremony in Limassol, Cyprus, last week at this year’s Forum. The Forum will be organized by the Prime Minister's Office, as the Ministry responsible for human rights and gender equality, and in connection with Iceland's Presidency of the Council of Europe.

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