Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.
The date of 17 May 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.
The world has changed a lot, even just in my lifetime, but there is still a long way to go. We still face systemic and personal discrimination and violence. We still need allies to stand beside us and demand change, until every person has the same right to safety and life, no matter who or how we love.
It’s a time to celebrate; to celebrate ourselves and each other, the community we build, and the progress we’ve made.
It’s a time to remember; to remember the victims of hate, to remember those who came before us and fought for the rights we have today.
It’s a time to stand up; to stand shoulder to shoulder, to support one another. Stonewall was a riot! We stood up together, said “no more”, got loud, and set some shit on fire. Nothing comes easy, and the world hasn’t given us anything for free – change and progress take time and will.
There’s a lot going on these days, and we still have a long way to go. Canada has only recently banned conversion therapy; places like Texas and Florida have declared war on us and our children. Take the time to celebrate how far we’ve come, but never forget that we’re not done yet. We have more to fight for, but we have a community to stand together, support one another, and to love each other, and that counts for a lot.