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Honouring the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

General By Emily Carr University

Posted on May 16, 2022 | Updated May 17, 2022, 10:07am

Filed in Faculty, Staff, Students

Today, we honour the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. The day was created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

May 17 was chosen specifically to commemorate when the World Health Organization decided to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990.

This year’s theme is “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights” which reminds us that everyone should be able to express their gender freely and advocate for further reforms to ensure equal rights for all.

To learn more, visit may17.org.

To support your engagement with this day, we encourage you to review the materials below:

2SLGBTQQIA+ Resource Guide
TransFocus Resources


Anyone needing support can find university and community resources via ECU’s Counselling Services:

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