International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

This Friday, I’ll be attending one of my favourite annual events, Q-munity’s annual breakfast for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).  The breakfast is an opportunity for UBC to connect to the work of organizations and activists from across Britsh Columbia and to share in the stories of the rich and vibrant work that is being done.

May 17, 2017 marks the 12th annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Over the next week, the realities of the violent and discriminatory situations faced by sexual and gender minorities is brought to light.

Established in 2004 to align with the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder, IDAHOT is a key date for LGBTQI communities to mobilize on a global scale.

IDAHOT focuses on drawing the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the ongoing discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.

While many cities have been supportive of IDAHOT, there are many that continue to oppose it in ways that strengthen the resolve of the community to drive the fight for rights of sexual and gender
minorities. May 17 is thus a celebration of courage, strength and most of all, love

Today is a moment to unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Join us in taking action to raise awareness of this significant day and support a global, inclusive community.

– Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion


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