Every day, people like us, joined by many others around the globe, plus the members of the LGBTQIA community, stand up against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, highlighting people’s stories, celebrating progress and challenging discrimination and hate.
So why is there a day dedicated to the stand against discrimination?
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was organised in 2004 to shed light on the discrimination and ill-treatment received by the LGBTQIA community everywhere.
It may seem strange in the UK to have another day to do this; our social media embraces ‘cancel culture’ in 2021, where people who speak out of line are blocked and attacked, making it difficult to make discriminating comments online. Organisations such as awareness days and Pride events also celebrate the community and shed light upon issues they deal with daily.
However, discrimination and violence is still hugely present towards the LGBTQIA community in the UK on a daily basis which is easy to forget with all the progress made. It’s not as easy to cancel people in person as it is online, so lots of hate goes unnoticed and our LGBTQIA community often feels lonely and isolated and without the correct support…
And we’re some of the lucky ones.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is celebrated in more than half of the countries in the world, including thirty-seven where same-sex acts are still against the law.
For these countries that don’t have pride events and awareness days, it’s absolutely crucial a global event is recognised amongst leaders who have the power to help make change and initiate laws that liberate our community.
So what can we do to contribute?
People notice things need to change when everyone says so. If one person in the world stood up and said homophobia was wrong, no-one would listen. If every single person in the world stood up to the world leaders and said homophobia was wrong, it’s likely that discriminating laws would be scrapped.
On a smaller scale, bullies get away with bullying when it’s the victim’s word against theirs. When there are witnesses, the bully has no two feet to stand on: we have to be the witnesses. If we speak out against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, then the people who think it’s okay will question their beliefs. Some are stubborn and cruel and will always be bullies, but some will realise they’re channelling their own insecurities or speaking someone else’s beliefs: these are the changes we can make.
In the UK, more and more people are standing in solidarity with the LGBTQIA community. This could happen globally.
Make a stand. We don’t accept homophobia, transphobia or biphobia.
And here’s a reminder for those in the back that you don’t need to ‘understand’ to accept. Love thy neighbour. Period. See https://may17.org/home/blog for more details.