Discrimination

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

On the Occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Today, we are celebrating 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the annual holiday which was established to coordinate international events that remind of LGBTI rights violations and the importance to respect them worldwide. The date of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was chosen to commemorate the decision of the World Health Organization (WHO) to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990.

One of the main goals of 17 May is creation of a globally visible event without a need to adapt to a specific type of action. Though united in their messages, due to the variety of social, religious, cultural and political contexts in which LGBTI rights violations take place, the present action around the world include various activities - large street marches, parades and festivals, dance flash mobs, musical events, street art, etc.

The main purpose of each action is to raise awareness about violence, discrimination and repression against the LGBTI communities around the world, which in turn provides an opportunity for action and engagement in dialogue with media, decision makers, the public and the wider civil society.

LGBTI persons are day-to-day exposed to discrimination and violence, including physical violence and abuse. Therefore, it is necessary that the government and society in general pay more attention to measures to protect the physical and psychological integrity of LGBTI people as well as to the prevention of discrimination and hate speech.

Thus, on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, we remind you of the Analysis of print and online media reporting about trans people in Serbia and Recommendations for media reporting on trans people which we developed in cooperation with Gayten-LGBT and media archive EBART, to encourage ethical and professional reporting which recognizes and respects the personal integrity and dignity of trans people.

 

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