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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (May 17th) was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policy-makers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.
The Day represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is not one centralised campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action.
Here at Off the Record, our SPACE LGBTQ youth group came up with its own response by creating some mini flyers with inspirational and poignant quotes on that raised awareness of issues surrounding LGBTQ.
We photocopied them so that each group member had one copy of each flyer. We took these home with us with the intention of anonymously distributing them on Sunday (IDAHOT day). We put them on cinema seats, train seats, on café tables, on college/school notice boards – basically anywhere where the general public might pick it up and read it thus giving them food for thought. We thought this was a peaceful way of raising awareness. We hope you like them!
Did you see one of our flyers? If so, did it make you think? We’d love to hear your story!
[May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014. These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
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 International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia has received official recognition from several States, international institutions as the European Parliament, and by countless local authorities. Most United Nations agencies also mark the Day with specific events.]