International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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    May 17, 2016 4:10 AM GMT
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_Against_Homophobia,_Transphobia_and_Biphobia
    The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. In the 9th edition, in 2013, commemorations took place in almost 120 countries, in all world regions...




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  • Wendigo9

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    May 17, 2016 6:05 AM GMT
    ah. . . huh. . . is this another sham like international womens day or "family" day? or can anyone create a day to their liking for the hell of it? I grow tired of fake holidays and renaming days for awareness that can't be stopped X (
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    May 17, 2016 1:21 PM GMT
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/17/attacks-against-queer-people-have-a-long-history-its-time-we-changed-our-defence
    Attacks against queer people have a long history. It's time we changed our defence

    ...Held on 17 May every year, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (#Idahot) is an opportunity to reflect on where queer people have come in our fight for liberation, and to strengthen our resolve to continue on.

    And we’ll need strength to fight what has been a largely unexpected swing against queer communities in the past year.
    Momentum on marriage equality in Australia has stalled, with hostility on the issue intensifying in recent months. Rightwing forces have also opened up new fronts. The attacks on Safe Schools for example, felt like they came out of nowhere, but were swift and effective.

    This pattern can be seen globally. In the US, conservatives have passed “religious freedom bills” in a number of states, and last year the city of Houston rejected an ordinance that would have added protections to queer people in housing and employment. This year, North Carolina passed a “bathroom bill”, mandating that people use the bathroom that matches their gender assigned at birth.

    These attacks have surprised many in the queer communities. This Idahot it is worth reflecting on why this has happened, and what we can do about it. To do so, it is important to understand the historical context of these shifts. While these attacks may look shocking, they follow a pattern that has been occurring for hundreds of years...
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    May 17, 2016 1:36 PM GMT
    It's always a good idea to pay attention and remain vigilant. Vigilance counteracts recidivism.
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    May 17, 2016 1:50 PM GMT
    I've "lent" out several stun guns and canisters of pepper spray over the years to both women, and gay guys I've known.

    The best defence against violence is avoidance.

    When avoidance is not possible, then the best defense is a good offense.

    Know how to defend yourself and you can possibly avoid being the victim of violence and instead be the victor against an attacker.
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    May 17, 2016 2:22 PM GMT
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    May 17, 2016 2:22 PM GMT
    The best defense against ignorance and attack, is education and healthy expression, not a cliche holiday that panders to people who already understand minority causes.
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    May 17, 2016 2:32 PM GMT
    http://www.firstpost.com/world/international-day-against-homophobia-idahot-2784664.html
    How the world is celebrating International Day against Homophobia

    ...While 30 countries have legalised same sex conduct, 75 countries still criminalise same sex relationships, 10 out of which condemn same sex relationships as punishable by death...

    ...Under such conditions, it becomes imperative that the world shows solidarity by acknowledging the violence and the discrimination that the LGBTQ community still faces, as well as celebrating the advancements.

    IDAHOT is celebrated annually on 17 May to commemorate WHO's decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990. IDAHOT was created in 2004 and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries, whether in triumph or in defiance....

  • Wendigo9

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    May 17, 2016 5:05 PM GMT
    Honestly, I think someone almost spelt idiot (IDAHOT), and if you really want people to stop attacking gays/lesbiens, then don't become a moving target, trannies are prone to attacks for standing out in a bad way. I've been bullied half my life, and stupid actions scream out "hit me" . . . what I did back then, never again, it's called grow some balls and man up.
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    May 17, 2016 6:13 PM GMT
    TO23 saidThe best defense against ignorance and attack, is education and healthy expression, not a cliche holiday that panders to people who already understand minority causes.
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    May 17, 2016 10:27 PM GMT
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    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/17/statement-president-international-day-against-homophobia-and-transphobia

    Statement by the President on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

    On May 17, Americans and people around the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by reaffirming the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they love or their gender identity.

    Our nation is committed to the principle that all people should be treated fairly and with respect. Advancing this goal has long been a cornerstone of American diplomacy, and I am proud that my Administration has made advancing the human rights of LGBT individuals a specific focus of our engagement around the world. I am also proud of the great strides that our nation has made at home in recent years, including that we now have marriage equality as a result of last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision.

    At the same time, there is much work to be done to combat homophobia and transphobia, both at home and abroad.‎ In too many places, LGBT individuals grow up forced to conceal or deny who they truly are for fear of persecution, discrimination, and violence. All nations and all communities can, and must, do better. Fortunately, human rights champions and good citizens around the world continue to strive towards this goal every day by lifting up the simple truth that LGBT rights are human rights. The United States honors their work and will continue to support them in their struggle for human dignity.
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    May 17, 2016 10:32 PM GMT
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    http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/05/17/statement-prime-minister-canada-international-day-against-homophobia-transphobia-and
    Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia:

    “Today, I join Canadians – and people around the world – to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.

    “Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution, and discrimination – no matter who they are or whom they love. Today is about ensuring that all people – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – feel safe and secure, and empowered to freely express themselves.

    “On this important day, I encourage all Canadians to raise awareness, and mobilize to end the violence, prejudice, and judgement faced by LGBTQ2 persons.

    “As a society, we have taken many important steps toward recognizing and protecting the legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community – from enshrining equality rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act. There remains much to be done, though. Far too many people still face harassment, discrimination, and violence for being who they are. This is unacceptable.

    “To do its part, the Government of Canada today will introduce legislation that will help ensure transgender and other gender-diverse people can live according to their gender identity, free from discrimination, and protected from hate propaganda and hate crimes.

    “Today, let us unite in a global celebration of diversity, and reaffirm our commitment to unequivocally defend LGBTQ2 rights as human rights. We will never stop fighting for a safer, more equal, and more just world for all of our children.”
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    May 17, 2016 11:02 PM GMT
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    http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/05/16-hr-declaration-intl-day-against-homophobia-transphobia-and-biphobia/
    Declaration by High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia And Biphobia, 17 May 2016

    On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the EU reiterates its strong commitment to the equality and dignity of all human beings irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

    Despite recent progress around the world, almost 80 jurisdictions still criminalise same-sex relations. In many places discrimination and violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex persons is a daily occurrence. The EU repeats its call to all Governments around the world to abide by their international human rights commitments, to repudiate intolerance and to promote equality as enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other instruments.

    On this day, the EU also wishes to pay homage to the courageous advocacy efforts carried out by human rights defenders, activists, media journalists, and civil society organisations to address the violations faced by LGBTI persons. Their work has been crucial every step of the way in putting these issues on the table, documenting abuses and advocating for the effective protection of fundamental human rights.

    In line with the EU Guidelines on the rights of LGBTI persons and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, we will continue to work with all partners to advance the human rights of all around the world
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    May 17, 2016 11:06 PM GMT
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    May 18, 2016 2:27 AM GMT
    Wendigo9 saidah. . . huh. . . is this another sham like international womens day or "family" day? or can anyone create a day to their liking for the hell of it? I grow tired of fake holidays and renaming days for awareness that can't be stopped X (


    Next Hallmark will market greeting cards for the day. Department stores will have sales (we homos love a good sale). The day will be moved to a Monday so we will have a three-day weekend so we can all go to the beach. Then the day will cease to have any real meaning (if it really had any at all) - sort of like MLK day.
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    May 18, 2016 3:31 AM GMT
    https://english.sta.si/2263862/intl-day-against-homophobia-marked-in-slovenia
    Ljubljana, 17 May - Slovenia will join the global action marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Tuesday with events in the capital raising awareness about the rights and plight of these often marginalised groups.
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    May 18, 2016 3:36 AM GMT
    http://www.baltictimes.com/latvia_celebrates_idahot_day_with_u_s__embassy_in_riga/
    To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Bi-phobia (IDAHOT), the U.S. Embassy in Riga will fly the rainbow flag at the Embassy building on May 17 and 18....

    ...Representatives from the diplomatic community in Latvia will also be in attendance...


    http://www.politico.eu/article/latvia-lithuania-and-poland-worst-countries-to-be-gay-in-eu/
    Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are the three worst countries to be gay in the EU, while Malta, Belgium and the U.K. are the best, according to a report released by equal rights organization ILGA-Europe.

    The ranking is based on a review of laws, policies and practices that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people across Europe.
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    May 18, 2016 3:38 AM GMT
    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/russian-activists-risks-arrest-attacks-holding-rainbow-flashmob-st-petersburg/
    Russian activists risks arrest and attacks by holding rainbow flashmob in St Petersburg

    Russian activists risked arrests and attacks by holding a gay rights protest in St Petersburg today (17 May).

    In an unannounced and unapproved act of rebellion, LGBTI people stood strong to fight against oppression and bigotry for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

    It was especially risky after police arrested dozens of protestors who had attempted to march in the St Petersburg’s Labor Day parade. Members of Coming Out, a LGBTI rights group active in the city mainly made of young people, were beaten, dragged and detained by officers while a neo-Nazi walked in the parade without opposition.