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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

by Carl Lomax on 2022-05-17T10:41:04+01:00 in Library | Comments

It’s May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

This year’s theme is “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights”. Let’s celebrate gender diversity and freedom! The freedom to love.

What is May 17?

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

Find out more about May 17 and how it began here.

LGBT+ Reading List

Our LGBT+ reading list is here to support you and celebrate LGBT+ history, culture and identities. You can find a range of LGBT+ books, journal articles, DVDs, picture books and comics within the Library to help you explore narratives, social history, academic texts and fiction aimed at all age ranges.

Recommended resources

Prejudice and Pride: The People’s History of LGBTQ Britain. BBC4 2017.
This is the story of ordinary LGBTQ people and their extraordinary lives, loves and struggles over the last 50 years. Presented by Stephen K Amos and Susan Calman.

Queer: A Graphic History. Meg John Barker & Julia Scheele 2016.
Activist-academic Meg John Barker and cartoonist Julia Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel.

Sound of Cinema: Pride. BBC Radio 3. BBC Radio 3 2014. 
Matthew Sweet introduces a selection of music for film inspired by the LGBT movement in the weekend that has seen the release of Matthew Warchus's film "Pride", with a score by Christopher Nightingale.


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