Wednesday, May 16, 2012

International Day Against Homophobia

“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?" Ernest Gaines

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines homophobia as, “irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals.”

I haven’t had much of an online presence lately. My job has kept me pretty busy and in my free time I’ve been working hard on my current work in progress or spending time with family and friends. But today I’m taking the time to come out of my writer’s cave to show my support for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia or IDAHO.
May 17th was chosen because it was on this day in 1990 that the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders.

Canadian and US societies have come a long way since 1990, but not far enough. Other countries haven't made any progress at all. I have GLBT friends that have been hurt emotionally, career-wise and in some cases physically by homophobic comments and actions. I won’t go into detail. These are not my stories to tell, but I ask readers of this blog to spend a couple of minutes thinking about what you can do to help eliminate homophobia.

I’d like to offer some suggestions:

educate yourself about the issues GLBT individuals face
examine your own attitudes
don’t assume everyone you meet is heterosexual or cisgendered and
don’t accept intolerance from others.
Let’s all celebrate the strides we’ve made as a society and continue to work to wipe out homophobia. 


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