Today, May 17, is widely recognised and celebrated as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
The date is significant because, on this day 29 years ago, homosexuality was finally removed from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) list of mental disorders.
No, you didn’t read that wrong. Just three decades ago, homosexuality was classified as a disease and a mental handicap, signifying the struggles LGBTQ+ people have faced – and continue to face – on a daily basis.
Thankfully, and quite rightly, things have improved since 1990; homosexuality is no longer classified as a disease, Pride festivals are held all over the world in support of gay rights, and same-sex marriage is legal across many countries.
Regardless, in no way are things perfect. Yes, things have improved over the past few decades but they haven’t improved so much that we no longer need to have a day dedicated to countering homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia.