The International Day Against Homophobia is the culminating point of the annual campaign for the fight against homophobia. Although sexual diversity has become more recognized, homophobia still exists, even if the ways of expressing it are increasingly subtle. Our societies recognize that homophobia is a form of discrimination just like all other forms of discrimination. To fight it, we need to make everyone, from all walks of life and various cultures, aware of all aspects of this reality.
This philosophy generated the first theme day dedicated to the fight against homophobia in 2003, in Quebec. With the help of partner involvement, this national day spread to the rest of Canada, Belgium, France, and many other countries to become an international day.
Why May 17th?
May 17th is a symbolic day for the homosexual community. Long considered to be an illness, homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses on May 17, 1990 by the World Health Organization (WHO).