Fighting for equality in diversity. On May 17th of 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder; a huge landmark in the fight for equality for LGTBQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) individuals. The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia was established in 2004 to draw attention to the violence, repression and discrimination experienced by LGBTQI people worldwide due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or expressions, and sex characteristics.
After 31 years, same-sex relations are still criminalised in at least 69 countries. Also, in 26 countries transgender individuals are subjected to punishments and violence and have traditionally been stigmatised and marginalised. This needs to end.
This year, the theme of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia is “Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!”. We, at TARGETED-MPI stand united for the right of all to freedom and equality.