Saturday, May 17, 2014
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014
Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public, and the media to the deaths, violence, and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.
And as the title suggests, this is a world-wide issue now more than ever. With the frightening tone the rest of the world is taking, from Russia's ridiculous, ignorant ban on "gay propaganda," to Nigeria's sick and barbaric anti-gay laws that were put into effect just this year, we need desperately to enlighten the world, and literally save lives. Even if you are not in Africa or Russia, even if you are in an intelligent, progressive area, we still need awareness. It is a ridiculously overused cliché, but the world is changed one person at a time. Be one of those people. You can participate simply by believing that all people have human and civil rights in this existence. Stand for it. Insist on it. Tell others. Tell everyone you can.
This is how the world changes one person at a time.