Why is there an International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia?

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In almost 80 countries around the world, loving someone of the same sex is still illegal, at times involving lifetime imprisonment and, in ten countries, it is even punishable by death!

And in many more countries still, citizens are denied their right to live according to their preferred gender identity.

As well as legal discriminations, social homophobia and transphobia serve to daily deny millions of people across the world their basic human dignity.

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was created in 2004. The date of 17th May was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.