The global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all, and many initiatives for May 17, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia have been either cancelled or delayed.
But physical distancing doesn’t have to mean social distancing!
Communities are more important than ever and physical distancing should mean getting socially even closer.
May 17 will provide a key opportunity for this, and this article brings you plenty of ideas on how to make it happen!
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
In our families, in our social circles, at work, in our sports clubs, for many of us our Sexualities, Gender Identities or Sex Characteristics must be hidden. We wander through most of our lives with the stigma of feeling ashamed of who we are.
On May 17, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia will be breaking some of that silence. This year again, tens of thousands of us will speak up. We will take the space that is rightfully ours, because our voices, our stories, our lived realities matter!
By all coming together on one global day, our “noise” will be so loud that all our LGBTQI+++ sisters and brothers all over the world who cannot speak up will hear the sound of hope and solidarity.
The Day is not one single campaign. It is a moment when thousands of ideas and initiatives converge over a single vision: freedom and equality for all sexual, gender and bodily minorities.
You can join in whichever way you want: shout out on your social media, organise an event near you, contact your local LGBTQI++ organisation to see what they have planned, call on your local authority to get them to celebrate the Day, decorate your office, organise a movie night, etc. Be creative, this is YOUR day !
May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal. Thousands of initiatives, big and small, are reported throughout the planet.