Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (#IDAHOT2022), where we raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression faced by Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, etc (2SLGBTQ+) communities worldwide. As May 17, 1990 was the day that the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, IDAHOT is also a day of worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversity. Trans Care BC proudly supports individuals and families of all diversities today and every day.
Here are a few ways you can support 2SLGBTQ+ communities:
- Listen with Humility: listen to what 2SLGBTQ+ community members are saying and follow their leads.
- Seek out education: seek out articles, books, films and blogs about history and current pressing issues. If you have the ability, virtually or in-person, attend anti-oppression learning sessions. When someone invites you to an event, show up. Go listen, learn and show your support.
- Get Involved: follow social media pages, mailing lists and local community groups who advocate for social justice. Review what policies, procedures, or programming exist at your work to support 2SLGBTQ+ workers and services users, and whether they need updating. Getting involved also means intervening and speaking up when something hateful or ignorant is shared, as silence allows oppression to continue. Commit to financially support a local community group or organization on a regular basis, if you are able to.
Allyship is an ongoing journey. Today and everyday, we stand with 2SLGBTQ+ communities to end violence and discrimination of all forms, and celebrate gender and sexual diversity and the freedom of love.