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International day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

May 17

From the University of Toronto’s Sexual and Gender Diversity Office website:

On May 17, the University of Toronto community recognizes the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). Proposed in 2004 and launched the following year, 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. IDAHOTB has gathered momentum and support worldwide with the day being recognized in over 130 countries, more than a quarter of which still criminalize same-sex acts.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is a day to celebrate sexual and gender diversity and to condemn the discrimination, violence, and stigma that members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities continue to experience in Canada and globally. The theme for 2024 is No one left behind: equality, freedom and justice for all.” Decided during extensive consultations with LGBTIQ organizations from across the world, the theme will allow for advocacy and celebrations in many forms – be it from human rights defenders, LGBTIQ civil society groups, millions of people in our communities, and our allies.

In 2022, the SGDO in collaboration with the Indigenous Centre at UTM, UTSC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office, and the UTM Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office hosted an event titled “Our Bodies. Our Lives. Our Rights. A Conversation Featuring Keith McCrady and Monica Forrester” to mark the day. Keith McCrady, Executive Director of 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations organization, and Monica Forrester, founder of Trans Pride Toronto, are powerful advocates and educators within and outside of 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

We have made available a recording of the conversation between Keith and Monica who shared their knowledge, wisdom, and experiences about the issues that continue for the 2SLGBTQ+ communities that they serve and the ongoing work that is needed to promote self-determination, equity, and well-being.


May 17
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