May 17th marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Held annually on May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is a global rally for people to come together and combine their efforts in the fight for equality.
To highlight the many challenges faced by the LGBT community around the world, a new video by Fondation Émergence featuring the daily inequalities suffered by members of the LGBT community from around the world. The organisation launched the awareness day back in 2003 and supports the rights and inclusion of LGBT people through awareness campaigns, projects, surveys, and awards.
The video also showcases the 193 United Nations flags shown in the LGBT pride colours and together form what becomes the “Pride Shield”. The shield is a symbol representing a message of solidarity for everyone and to serve as a reminder that the fight against homophobia and transphobia must go on.
Francis Viau, spokesperson for Foundation Émergence, said of the relevance of the awareness day:
Despite the conditions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people improving globally, there is still plenty of work to be accomplished to ensure basic rights for all. There is still too much physical and psychological violence oriented against LGBT people.
For more information about IDAHOT, please visit the official website here.