You don't have to be Gay to fight Homophobia

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The International Day against Homophobia is marked every 17 May to raise awareness about the importance of non- discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. Here we look at what some countries and organisations are doing.

Hornet

Hornet Launches #WeAreOne Campaign to Support "International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia" The campaign is part of an international day of unity in more than 130 countries, including 22 nations where same-sex marriage is legal but discrimination persists against members of the LGBTQ community. Read more

Europe

Representatives from the European Commission and the Council also take part in the discussion on recent reports that more than 100 men suspected of being gay have been persecuted, detained, and at least three killed in Chechnya. Together they will also discuss how the Council's LGBTI guidelines are being implemented and what action the EU can take to stop these human rights violations. Read more

Australia

Australia lags behind other countries reveals a news.com.au article saying that "Australia has failed to make the top tier of nations when it comes to LGBTI rights. Instead, it is in a secondary league alongside Hungary, Ecuador, Greece, Israel and Croatia". That said Australians are celebrating today in a variety of ways - Australians acknowledge today in the following ways

Taiwan

Taiwan is aiming to become the first country in Asia to recognise same-sex marriage. Campaigns are running in Taipei today that include an xhibition in Huashan 1914 Creative Park and a parade for marriage equality near Taipei Railway Station. Read more

Israel

As part of Israel's efforts to assist the LGBT community's needs, the ministry stated that it would focus its efforts on assisting the transgender community in particular. The Welfare and Social Services Ministry announced on Monday the allocation of an additional NIS 3 million toward initiatives for the LGBT community. Read more

 

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