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May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17 marks International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, a day that serves as a global call to action to promote acceptance of LGBTQIA+ people and their rights.

A brief history of this day starts in 1990 when the World Health Organization came forward and announced that homosexuality is no longer labeled as a mental health disorder. May 17 has since become a day to commemorate this decision and celebrate gender and sexual diversity.

From May17.org:

“This year’s theme, “No one left behind: equality, freedom, and justice for all,” is a call for unity and solidarity at a time of global anti-democracy and anti-rights pushback, when many LGBTQIA+ individuals continue to face violence, stigma, and discrimination.”


May17 organization May17.org

Statement from Joe Biden Marking International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia The White House

GLSEN Rainbow Library GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)

LGBTQIA+ Resources for Children: A Bibliography, GLBT Bookstores, and GLBT Libraries and Archives in the United States – ALA’s Rainbow Round Table (RRT)

Early Childhood: Learning About Gender Diversity Social Justice Books

Books Full of Pride & LGBTQIA+ Book Lists and Resources CBC

More LGBTQIA+ websites with guides and resources: The Trevor Project, COLAGE, Family Equality, and GLSEN

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