17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This day commemorates the removal of homosexuality from the list of diseases by the WHO in 1990. LGBTI people still have to face discrimination, prejudice and aggression, which is only getting worse over the years.
The day aims to raise awareness about homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and LGBT rights violations.
The holiday was established in 2004 as the International Day Against Homophobia. In 2009 its name was changed to International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and in 2015 to International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It is celebrated in over 130 countries and is officially recognised by the European Parliament and a number of other international institutions.
To celebrate this day and the diversity in the community many events are organized. This year the attention goest to, among others, the webinar hosted by TechSoup’s Alphabet Soup LGBTQ+ Affinity Group. The event spotlights organizations working globally to support LGBT+ individuals and refugees. It’s a great opportunity to learn what global NGOs are doing to combat misinformation about the LGBT+ and to support those who need a safe space. The speakers will be Jej Perfekcyjność, the Chair of the Board of Pro Diversity Foundation, Justin Hilton Founder and Executive Director of Safe Place International and Nyasha Zhakata Global Director from The Dream Academy
To register for the event visit the TechSoup’s website.