International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, held on May 17 every year, is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another.

What is homophobia?

Any negative attitudes that may lead to the rejection and discrimination, directly or indirectly, of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals, or of anyone whose appearance or behavior does not conform to the stereotypes of masculinity or femininity.

What is transphobia?

Any negative attitude or a negative feeling directed at transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

Homophobia and transphobia may manifest in different forms. It is sometimes conscious, sometimes unconscious, it can even be internalized.

Verbal and physical violence may be the result of such phobias. Social exclusion, peer pressure, and public ridicule, both in person and now in social media, are some expressive forms of these phobias.

What is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia?

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia takes place every year on May the 17th. This moment of the year is meant to be a unifying event since a large number of activities and actions take place on this occasion. This day is an opportunity to organize awareness and education activities. Everyone (from individuals to institutions and corporations) are invited to reflect on homophobia and transphobia, and to become aware of their devastating effects.

The Source LGBT+ Center offers resources for individuals dealing with issues related to homo- and trans-phobia.

Contact information:

Facebook: The Source LGBT+ Center

Webpage: http://thesourcelgbt.org

Phone: 559-429-4277

Drop-in Center: Tuesday through Friday, 3pm to 6pm, 208 W. Main St., Suite B (downstairs in the Montgomery Square), Visalia

Some of the above information from homophobiaday.org.

I am a member of the Advisory Board, former member of the Board of Directors, and community liaison for The Source LGBT+ Center. 

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