May 17 is the Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia
“Mental Health and Well Being” is the theme of this year’s Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia.
We at NSGEU are pleased to see this as that theme resonates with our own Triennial Convention resolution to continue to lobby government for more support for mental health and addiction services in Nova Scotia.
The Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia “was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.
In under a decade, May 17 has established itself the single most important date for LGBTI communities to mobilize on a worldwide scale.
May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014. These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is not one centralised campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action.
The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia has received official recognition from several States, international institutions as the European Parliament, and by countless local authorities. Most United Nations agencies also mark the Day with specific events.”
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