May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
This day was created in 2004; it aims is to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other individuals with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expression. This day is observed in more than 130 countries.
On May 17th, 1990, the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder and decided to go one step further and chose the day to celebrate diversity.
We should celebrate diversity every day by watching diverse tv series / movies and reading diverse books. If you are a teacher, educator, outreach worker, social worker, having the pride flag in your office, in your pencil case, as a bracelet, can go a long way in helping your service users.
Be an ally; stand up to those who make discriminatory comments and educate those around you who may not have the same knowledge you do about gender diversity and sexual orientation.
Here are some links to some previous blog articles about gender and sexual diversity:
– influential LGBTQ individuals throughout history
Be kind to one another