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SAY NO to Homophobia & Transphobia

May 16, 2013

On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation decided to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. Since 2004, it is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia aiming to raise awareness and promote equal rights.

Although progress in equal rights has been achieved, in many countries around the world loving someone of same sex is criminalized: sometimes it means imprisonment, in some cases its death penalty. Equal marriage of same sex couples is still a debated matter. Transgender people are in many countries subject to forced sterilization. Capacity to exercise human rights of the entire LGBTQIA community is still denied in Europe today.

Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are also a reality at society level. Bashing language such as ‘faggot’, ‘tranny’, ‘so gay’ but also fierce versions of it are a reality on the streets of our societies, just as well as in online space. Education against it, accurate information is also missing and left mostly to the work of LGBTQIA organisations over the world.

The No Hate Speech Movement, which I joined since the preparation phase on 2012, takes a stand against this kind of speech because it hurts, it offends, and most importantly it creates the climate for discrimination and hate crime. A joke can be the push for someone else!

We are taking an online stand for human rights for all! We invite you to join our collective actions against homophobic hate speech.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1. Join the event page on Facebook HERE, invite your friends and make a post on your Facebook timeline about why you are standing up for human rights. (Example: “I’m doing it because I don’t think anyone should be the judge of someone else’s happiness. Love is for everyone, not just for heterosexuals.”)

2. Add your own video or photo message to the No Hate Speech Movement official website.

3. Actively find hate speech against LGBTQI groups online on Friday and REPORT it on Hate Speech Watch and this will help expose the message.

4. React on hate speech online! HERE are some things you could say.

5. Make it count! Convince politicians and decision makers to take the pledge against hate speech which targets people’s gender identity and sexual orientation! Do this on Friday by emailing the pledge: http://www.pledgebank.com/nohatespeech

6. Send the email that promotes the Action Day and invite your friends and networks to forward it to others. If you don`t know what to write, please get in touch with me HERE or HERE.

7. Join our action in Twitter by RTing the official account of the movement – @nohate_speech – and generating new tweets using the following hashtags: #nohatespeech #IDAHO. If you don’t know what tweets to send out, please find HERE some `cooked` tweets by the activists of No Hate Speech Movement.

8. Join thunderclap! Although, we reached the goal of 250 supporters, you can still spread out the news and add more support.

But, this is not all. You can find more instruction for actions by visiting the global webportal for information and action on the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia HERE. Also, you may consider to another website for more ACTIONS – click HERE.

And for the end, please find below some creative videos executed by activists around the world to support the #IDAHO

PINK ARMENIA. SPEAK UP!

LGBT RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS

ST. PAULI FANS CHOREOGRAPHY

ETHICAL CODE FOR ONLINE SPEECH

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