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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia theme announced
--From a collective press release
2021-04-15

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LGBTQI+ networks from around the world have announced the theme for this year's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia: "Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!"

We are inspired by this very powerfully focused message in the hope that the theme will resonate with many in the current context of our global struggle. As in past years, any organization, group or activist is free to choose to use this theme (or not) on the day and in their participation in this awareness-raising, annual global movement.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. 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 Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

This year's theme, "Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!" was chosen in the context of the events and struggles of the past year. The global pandemic is far from over and will have a long lasting impact on social activism and the fight for equal rights. In the midst of the chaos, heartbreak and ongoing challenges, it is with hope for global awareness of this year's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia that we can continue to provide inspiration. Together we resist homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, we continue to support one another, particularly our communities in parts of the world where the lives and safety of our community are continually at risk, and with each step forward we can and will collectively heal.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia initiative is collectively managed in collaboration between regional and thematic networks working to advance the rights of people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. This collaboration brings together organizations and initiatives at global, regional, national and local levels. www.may17.org .


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