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The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Journée internationale contre l'homophobie et la transphobie

Reach out to one another

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, held on May 17 every year, is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another.

What is homophobia?

Any negative attitudes that may lead to the rejection and discrimination, directly or indirectly, of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or of anyone whose appearance or behavior does not conform to the stereotypes of masculinity or femininity.

Why is the International Day Against Homophobia important?

Homophobia and transphobia are insidious phenomenons that are often subtle, and might not always be visible. Homophobia is a lot more present than first meets the eye. It does not just affect homosexuals; it also torments anyone who doesn’t conform to gender roles stereotypes. Like other forms of discrimination and intolerance such as racism or sexism, homophobia has significant, sometimes devastating, consequences on the lives of those who are victims of it.

Because of this latent and sometimes violent homophobia and transphobia , some people have great difficulty living with a sexual orientation or gender identity that isn’t the one of the majority. The suicide rate among gay youth is much higher than among their heterosexual peers, and the amount of trans people who end up killing themselves are devastating. Many LGBT people still live in secrecy and in fear of rejection.

While progressive laws such as the one allowing same-sex marriage are proofs of today’s progress, we have not yet reach social equality among citizens of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

The public health department reaffirms its mission of prevention

Homophobia and transphobia are barriers to prevention and care for people who are victims of such biases. On May 17, and on all other days of the year, the public health department reaffirms its mission of prevention by supporting the creation of healthy environments for all Montrealers. No to homophobia and transphobia.

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