We hear people ask, why do we need a day a International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia? This is followed with "we have equality in the UK now", but the fact is that there is still more than 81 countries which make it illegal to have same sex relationships. This sad fact that 2.8 billion people are not free to choose who they love, many of them in constant fear as people could face lifetime imprisonment and, in 10 countries it is still punishable by death.
There are still more countries around the world that will not let people live how they want to, they are denied this right to live freely. The gender and sexual minorities still face public stigma, attacks and murder to name but a few, this is why there is an International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. This day was created in 2004, which marked the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from it's list of mental disorders.
On May 17th people from all over the world will celebrate this day, it draws the attention of the media, the public and the decision makers of the plight people go through every day.
So lets join the 200 million people in celebrating this day and making it the biggest one yet.