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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia reminds everyone of the LGBT representatives’ rights. Attention is focused on that all people have the same rights and freedom, shouldn’t be subjected to any forms of oppression.


First National Day Against Homophobia was held in Quebec in 2003. Its initiator was Foundation Emergence organization. Then, Louis-Georges Taine, French lecturer, proposed holding this day on the highest level. He sent to the UN a petition for the International Day against Homophobia establishment. In 2005, petition was signed by 24,000 people. In 2006, European Parliament President Josep Borrell announced its establishment. Later, fight against biphobia, transphobia was added. May 17 was chosen as on that day in 1990 homosexuality has ceased to be considered a mental illness.

Interesting Facts

We will tell some facts about oppression of the rights of LGBT communities’ representatives.

  1. In the 20th century, homosexuals were oppressed in different countries, their persecution was even organized.
  2. Even in tolerant countries, crimes against gays, lesbians were committed. From 1980 to 2000 in Brazil, 1960 cases of homosexuals’ murders were registered.
  3. In most countries, negativity towards representatives of LGBT community continues to be manifested.

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.