International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
May 17th is a global day of action founded in 2005 intended to bring awareness to the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights.
This date was chosen as it was this date in 1990 that the World Health Organization removed homosexuality off its list of mental disorders.
Homosexuality continues to be legislated against in other countries and this year in the US has seen the most anti-trans bills than any other year.
We have a long way to go to end stigma and violence against LGBTQIA+ folx.
Stigma, prejudice and violence against LGBTQIA+ folx account for the higher rates of mental illness among folx.
Get aware of ways you can get active in the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights in your community. Educate yourself about the various communities and how you can get involved with whatever resources you have, be it time or money. Use your platforms wherever they exist to talk about the civil rights issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ communities.
Protect the most vulnerable within our communities, which are black and brown trans women and femmes. The more we protect the most vulnerable among us, everyone benefits.
Get involved or donate to:
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Transgender Law Center