International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

It is May 17th again, 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 many places 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 way that politics are going the rights that gave been established in many places over the past 50 years could so easily be lost.

The theme for this year is “Justice and Protection for All”. It is in part a celebration of the progress that has been made, but also a reminder that so much more needs to be done. In many countries it is still illegal to be gay.

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2 Responses to “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia”

  1. Dave Carter Says:

    You might in future also be able to remember that May 17th 2019 was the day that Australian Rugby decided to have done with Israel Folau.

  2. Next month will be the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

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