The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was created in 2004. We observe this day to bring more attention to the violence and discrimination that members of the LGBT community faces. We include (but do not limit such things to): lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other gender and sexuality diverse people. The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is celebrated every year on May 17th.
All too often, we as a community face higher levels of violence and poor treatment because of who we are. However, statistics on such violence goes reported less than what actually happens. For this reason, we are observing this day in an effort to spur the collection of more data. If we can encourage more collection of such data around the world, then more can be known about how much discrimination we truly face.
When we collect more data, we will be able to affect positive change for ourselves and others like us. We can encourage greater social acceptance, more awareness about our community, and even legal and policy changes. Our hope for the future is to make the world a better place for people of diverse gender and sexual identities through such positive change.
We invite you to observe International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with us! To participate in our events, visit Changing2Gether.