International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

Today is May 17th, which means that it is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. If you’re wondering why May 17th was chosen, it’s to commemorate May 17th 1990, which is when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of “mental illnesses”.


Please remember at although attitudes in the UK are much more enlightened than they were only a few years ago, homophobic violence still happens with distressing frequency and in over 70 countries around the world being gay is still a criminal offence. Moreover, the rights we have won over the past 50 years could so easily be lost.

 

The theme for this year is “Alliances for Solidarity” so, even if you don’t identify yourself as LGBT+, then this should still be an important day for you. Here, for example, is a handy guide produced by Pride in STEM on how to be an ally:

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4 Responses to “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia”

  1. Many people in the LGBTIQA+ community are challenging Intersex oppression today too, with that second I in IDAHoBIT. Thank you.

  2. In front of the Council of Europe building in Brussels:

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