Monday May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
The goal of this day is to raise awareness of LGBTQIA+ rights and the prejudice, discrimination and violence people in these communities continue to face every day, world wide.
This day in particular was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases in 1990 following work among Gay Rights activists starting in the 1970s.
One of the incidents that is considered the inauguration of the modern Gay Rights movement was the Stonewall uprising, which was primarily led by Black and Brown trans women.
We have a long way to go for LGBTQIA+ rights in this country and around the world. The Marriage Equality Act was not an end to homophobia. This year has seen more anti-trans legislation and violence than all any previous year.
We need to fight for the things and the people that we care about, each and every day.