International Day Against Homophobia May 17th

Spearheaded by Fondation Émergence, and for the first time in the world, a theme-day set aside for the fight against homophobia was organised in Québec on June 4, 2003, and designated as the “National Day Against Homophobia” (see Archive). With the help of its partners, Fondation Émergence then strove to have this annual day take place on a pan-Canadian level. What’s more, countries such as Belgium, France and United-Kingdom caught on to the idea and set up similar events.

The next step left was to steer the initiative toward the international level. This effort was accomplished with the involvement of a number of countries who worked to spread the idea and who proposed that May 17 should become the World Day Against Homophobia or the International Day Against Homophobia, known by the abbreviation IDAHO.

Fondation Émergence promotes the International Day Against Homophobia held on May 17 and encourages organisations and individuals to highlight this event in their environment.

It is important to make concrete efforts to counter homophobia. The human effort to do so is exactly what creates change and enables mentalities to evolve. The International Day Against Homophobia is the perfect opportunity to make such efforts. Fondation Émergence wishes to be abreast of any initiatives taken. Simply fill out the form and return it to us at Fondation Émergence.

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