International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2017



Through my employers I get a number of notifications about upcoming 'days' covering a number of religious, cultural and inclusive celebrations.

Today (17 May) is 'International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia' and I wanted to publish a post acknowledging it. It was only as i was double checking the name for this post that I found out the relevance of the date. 17 May was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990. It seems incredible that homosexuality could be considered a disease and that it was considered so until as recently as 1990!

I've not got any experience of the prejudice faced by these groups, and so I'm feeling awkward typing this, so please bear with me...

Often people feel threatened by people's lifestyles (sexuality, identity etc) they don't understand and will resort to verbal and physical harassment, I don't get why someone would do it. Although I find it difficult to comprehend what people in these communities feel and are going through, I would never act aggressively towards someone because of their sexuality. I don't understand it, and public displays of affection make me slightly uncomfortable no matter what your sexuality - but that's my issue and mine to deal with.

I do know some people who are homosexual, but it's only because they are open about their relationships, if they hadn't have mentioned it, I probably still wouldn't know now. To me, someone's sexuality is the last thing I'd think about when chatting to someone, it really doesn't matter to me and I wish more people could see past their own prejudices and move on.

I look forward to the day when everyone genuinely believes that love is love no matter whether it's between two men, two women and no matter whether you're black, white, rich or poor. I'm sure the day will come but for now let's just educate our children to be more accepting of other people's race, religion and sexualities alike. 

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