The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia takes place around the world on May 17. It’s a reminder that homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia are still the reality in the daily lives of Two-Spirit, Trans, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Queer people in our communities.
This years theme is Justice and Protection for All. Since the launch of the 2SLGBTQ+ movement at Stonewall Riots, lead by Gay and Trans People of Colour, we’ve made amazing strides against hate. However, there is much work to be done. Some people face violence on the regular, including state violence through laws that withhold or even claw back basic rights of gender and sexually diverse people. This is why more legal and policy reforms are necessary to ensure Justice and Protection for all people. We must celebrate the resiliency of the community, while working together to ensure all people have the safety to exist, to grow, to love, and to live openly. We must celebrate the power of love.