Today, May 17 is the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. This is an event that was first held in 2005 and currently is observed by over 130 nations. The purpose of this date is to raise awareness of the violence, repression, and discrimination that affects the homosexual, transexual, and bisexual communities worldwide. In 69 countries it is still illegal for homosexual companies to become married while transexual people are subjected to legal forms of punishment simply for their existence in 26 counties.
This post is simply to announce my solidarity with LGBTQ community and to speak out for the rights and freedoms of homosexuals, transexuals, and bisexuals. I will never know the struggle that such people face but I will make it my mission to do whatever I can to speak up and stand up for your rights and freedoms. Every person has the right to feel safe and secure in who they are, every person has the right to feel comfortable being themselves, and every person has the right to happiness. Here’s to hoping that this movement gains more traction and that we can take steps towards inclusion and compassion of all humankind.
In addition to making a donation, I will be making an effort to improve my support of the LGBTQ community by reading literature and reflecting how I can reduce any inherent bias that I may subconsciously carry in myself. I urge you to do the same.
If you wish to become involved, below is a list of organizations that you can support with your time, effort, or money to help make a difference in the LGBTQ communities.