By Erica Abbott
Messages of love and support were shared on social media on Wednesday as part of International Day Again Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
Celebrated on May 17—the day the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990—IDAHOT aims to draw attention to the fact that “the rights of LGBT people around the world remain under attack” around the world, according to the Council for Global Equality.
“The Day represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms,” according to the IDAHOT website. It is celebrated by millions of people across the globe who stand up for human rights for all.
This year’s theme is families, “with a focus includes both the role of families in the well-being of their LGBTIQ members and respect for the rights of LGBTIQ families,” according to the American Psychological Association. This includes strengthening the visibility of LGBTIQ parents, developing progressive family values and advancing the recognition and rights of LGBTIQ families.
Landmarks around the world lit up in rainbow lights, including in Australia, Belgium and Lithuania. Activists also gathered worldwide to raise awareness on LGBT issues.
The phrase “love is love” was echoed in the days following the Orlando nightclub shooting last summer. It was stated in a moving sonnet by Lin-Manuel Miranda at the 2016 Tony Awards, which honored the Pulse victims throughout the evening. A “Love Is Love” comic anthology that was released last year also paid tribute to the 49 victims who lost their lives.
See how social media marked IDAHOT below:
Social Media Celebrates International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
LGBTQ rights are human rights and #loveislove.
— Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun) May 17, 2017
Today’s a great day to show love to someone who’s different from you. #loveislove
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 17, 2017
Nobody should be treated differently because of who they are or who they love. Stand proud & remember that you’re loved & free. #loveislove
— Jeeniya (@jeeniya90) May 17, 2017
Love is not a crime. Love is art. Art that comes in different shapes and colors #loveislove
— °Queen V° (@Valerie_2019) May 17, 2017
You are valid no matter who you love or how you identify. Be proud of who you are. #loveislove
— #BTSBBMAs️ (@TheJose8A) May 17, 2017
— NOH8 Campaign (@NOH8Campaign) May 17, 2017
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