The goal of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is to raise awareness regarding the ways sexual orientation and gender variance are discriminated against and to strive for the ideal of a world in which everyone can freely choose their own sexual and gender identity.
We still have a long way to go to reach this goal! Discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity continues to be a significant problem. For example, I’ve also written quite a bit about the link between anti-gay bullying and youth suicide. Homophobia and transphobia are global problems:
In 2008, sexual relations between persons of the same sex were punishable by death in 7 countries and considered to be some form of crime in more than 80 others. In most countries in the world, people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transexual, intersex, queer, … community are being denied their fundamental human rights as defined, inter alia, by the Universal Declaration of Human Right, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
This year the focus is on the way religions reinforce homophobia and transphobia:
Religions are being misused everywhere to breed hate and divisions rather than peace and unity. Organizations from all denominations launch an Appeal for the religions to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem!