DRPS marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia today by raising a flag at each facility to support of our LGBTIQ2S community, partners, friends and allies. The event is being celebrated across the world to mark how far many societies have come in empowering people of all sexualities and genders.
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policy makers, opinion leaders, social movements, the media, and the public in general to these issues, and to promote a world of tolerance, respect and freedom regardless of people's sexual orientations or gender identities.
May 17 is a day against violence and oppression but it is also a day to promote freedom, diversity and acceptance. The date of May 17 was chosen to commemorate the decision taken by the World Health Organization in 1990 to take homosexuality out of the list of mental disorders.
Although we have come very far since then, in at least 76 countries around the world today, same sex relationships are illegal and can result in life terms of incarceration and in 10 countries the death penalty is a legislative option for same sex acts. In almost all countries the freedom for people to live out and to express their true gender identities is harshly limited by transphobic laws and attitudes.
In progressive countries, violence and discrimination against LGBTIQ2S people still exists in the form of discriminatory laws, unjust representations in the media, unfair treatment by employers, negative social attitudes, and even in everyday interactions with people we care about, and who care about us.
Homophobia and transphobia target all people who don't conform to traditional sexual and gender roles and they affect the lives of everyone. Today everyone is encouraged to express themselves and their opinions freely, and to have the rights of their, friends, family members, and loved ones recognized.
Chief Martin Helps Raise the Flag (JPG file, 2,673.0K bytes)
DRPS Members Unveil a new PRIDE flag (JPG file, 1,781.3K bytes)
Flags Fly at Regional Headquarters in Whitby (JPG file, 1,492.6K bytes)