International Day Against Homophobia

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International Day Against Homophobia is a day for campaigning against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia held every May 17.

Origins[change | change source]

On the 17th of May in 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases, where it was listed as a mental illness.[1]

International Day Against Homophobia started off in Canada in 2003 as the National day against Homophobia, and was initiated by Fondation Emergence.[2]

In 2006 The Declaration of Montreal (pronounced in Montreal during the first Outgames[3]) demanded all countries to recognize this day, and several countries, including the European Union and Brazil have already recognized it formally.

In 2014 Fondation Emergence changed the day's name from "international day against homophobia" to "international day against homohobia and transphobia" in order to include trans realities to its mission.[2] As well in 2015 the day's name to "international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia" in order to include bisexual realities to the mission.

Campaigns[change | change source]

Each year, since 2003, Fondation Emergence launches a campaign to fight homophobia and transphobia in the world with a particular angle such as homoparentality,[4] allies,[5] age[6] and trans people.[7]

Their last campaign has been translated into 18 languages.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "17 May: International day against homophobia | News | European Parliament". Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Background - Journée internationale contre l'homophobie et la transphobie". Journée internationale contre l'homophobie et la transphobie. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  3. Outgames, 1st World. "Ceremonies | Outgames Montréal 2006". Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  4. "I love my two dads". External link in |website= (help)
  5. "Allies show their colours". External link in |website= (help)
  6. "Homophobia affects all ages". External link in |website= (help)
  7. "No matter the gender". External link in |website= (help)