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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
May 17, 2022
International Day Against Homophobia, Bi-phobia and Transphobia reminds everyone of LGBT rights. The attention is focused on all people having the same rights and freedom, and they should not be subjected to any forms of oppression.
The first National Day Against Homophobia was held in Quebec in 2003. Its initiator was the Foundation Emergence organization. Then, Louis-Georges Taine, a French lecturer, proposed holding this day on the highest level. He sent the UN a petition for an International Day against Homophobia. The petition was signed in 2005 by 24,000 people. In 2006, European Parliament President Josep Borrell announced its establishment. Later, the fight against bi-phobia and transphobia were added. May 17 was chosen, as on that day in 1990 homosexuality has ceased to be considered a mental illness.
Some facts about the oppression of the rights of LGBT communities’ representatives:
- In the 20th century, homosexuals were oppressed in different countries, and their persecution was even organized.
- Even in tolerant countries, crimes against gays and lesbians were committed. From 1980 to 2000 in Brazil, 1960 cases of homosexuals’ murders were registered.
- In most countries, negativity towards representatives of the LGBT community continues.
When is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia celebrated in 2022?
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is observed on May 17 each year.