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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia


Today, May 17, 2011, is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. The hope of a day like this is to eradicate its reason for existing.

A life without discrimination is a basic human right.

You may have by now seen the UN Commissioner on Human Rights speaking out against hate crimes and "corrective rape".

The UNCHR also produced a pamphlet (pdf) called
The United Nations Speaks Out: tackling discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. I've linked to the English version, but the pamphlet is available in multiple languages.

In more than 70 countries, laws make it a crime to be homosexual, exposing millions to the risk of arrest, imprisonment and, in some cases, execution.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé posted his own video calling for an end to homophobia and transphobia and the resulting discrimination they cause.

A coalition of groups from Latin America and the Caribbean Launches the
Cures that Kill campaign.

The campaign aims at fighting so-called ’reparative’ therapies which proposes to "cure" sexual and gender diversity.

As I Am campaign:

We are all different and all unique. It is our differences that complete our humanity. Yet, everywhere daily homophobia and transphobia wants to eradicate the uniqueness in us.
The AS I AM campaign aims at celebrating our individualities, to fight normativity and moral censorship.

The UN is even training their own staff, at places like

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