IDAHOT 2019: Ending Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia Online
(Photo Credits: @InternationalMay17)
Today—May 17, 2019—we are observing the 14th International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).
IDAHOT was founded on May 17, 2005 to commemorate the declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 17, 1990. The aim of IDAHOT is to “draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.”
Where are you from and how does your country or area celebrate this day?
Here in Quebec, an organization called Fondation Émergence posted this video to show the things that people against gay and trans post online every 23 seconds. They printed these comments and posted them around Montreal. Some of these messages say, “You faggots all deserve to die,” “Marriage should be between a woman and a man,” “Burn in hell,” “Trans is a mental illness,” and “It’s a disease that needs to be cured.”
How did you think the passersby reacted upon reading these kinds of comments printed on giant posters? Watch the video below.
People’s reactions were intense, some got angry while others got upset and are almost in tears. It created a crowd who wanted the posters taken down pronto and the police had to intervene within 20 minutes it was put up but online these posts are still shown years after they were posted.
According to Fondation Émergence, “online violence against LGBTQ+ people has real life consequences.” They added, “everyday homophobic and transphobic messages are posted online… and ignored.” They therefore enjoin everyone to “stop looking the other way” and to #ReportHaters on Twitter, check this out to learn how!
Together, let’s work toward ending homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia online!
All that being said, how often do you encounter homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic messages online? Sound off in the comments section below!