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The cause for the International Day Against Homophobia, its central topic of interest, the common theme that provides information for each of its endeavours remains a universal, multi-faceted and historical phenomenon: homophobia.

In Canada, recognition, for lesbian and gay communities, has been first and foremost a judicial acceptance brought about by the adoption of the Charter of Human Rights. However, judicial advances will remain only that until a complete, unlimited social acceptance of homosexuality is achieved and homophobia wiped out. To achieve this goal, the Fondation Émergence proposed in 2003, along with partners, to hold each year a special day dedicated to the social recognition of homosexual experience.

Philosophy of the Event

Few minority groups have been as discriminated against as the gays and lesbians. But major breakthroughs have occurred, and homosexual people are stepping out of the shadows. From the outside, it could be construed that all problems have been solved. The media are sympathetic, public personalities come out, television shows feature lesbian and gay characters in scenes of everyday life. Nevertheless, the reality is quite different. Many individuals are unable to live their sexual orientation, encounter difficulties if they do, or end up role-playing to protect themselves.

Despite these dire situations, the implementation of the International Day Against Homophobia should not rest on a “victimization“ philosophy. In fact, the Day may be seen as a great opportunity to highlight positive aspects of homosexuality and celebrate the contribution of lesbians and gays to society.

Target Audience

Homophobia is an insidious process that channels its effects through subtle, usually transparent ways. No one is safe from hostile manifestations to homosexuality. Quite surprisingly, many homosexual individuals themselves adopt homophobic behaviour, hoping it would protect them against prejudice from their entourage. The International Day Against Homophobia aims to reach all groups of society, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Becoming Involved

An International Day Against Homophobia belongs to no one individual. It’s about all people hoping for a prejudice-free world that can provide a place at the table for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. Inspired by all world theme-days, the day set aside to fight homophobia needs to be appropriated by all of those actively involved in civil society: gay and lesbian community organisations, those organisations focusing on other types of sexual diversity, unions, employers, private businesses, governments, public administration, professional associations, and all individuals seeking equality.

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International Day Against Homophobia - May 17



SPONSORS 2014

Official Partner


Presenters



Gouvernement du Québec Desjardins

Sponsors



Arrondissement de Ville-Marie (Ville de Montréal)

Media Partners



Têtu
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Sortie


Gayradiobec

Partners

Alliance de la Fonction publique du Canada
Chambre de commerce gaie du Québec
Confédération des syndicats nationaux
Centrale des syndicats du Québec

Fédération autonome de l’enseignement

Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec


Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique


Syndicat de la fonction publique du Québec


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Allies

Aide aux trans du Québec (ATQ) | Aînés et retraités de la communauté (ARC) 

 Association québécoise de gérontologie (AQG) | CAEO Québec

Centre communautaire des gais et lesbiennes de Montréal (CCGLM) | Centre LGBT Paris-ÎdF 

Coalition d'aide aux lesbiennes, gais et bisexuels-les de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue | Coalition des familles homoparentales  

 Conseil québécois LGBT | Day of PinkEgale Canada | ENSEMBLE pour le respect et la diversité 

 Espace Gregg | FADOQ, Région Île de Montréal 
 
Fédération Inter-LGBT (France) | Fierté Montréal | Franco Queer | GLBT Québec/Lutte à l'homophobie 

GRIS-Mauricie/Centre du Québec | GRIS-Montréal | GRIS-Québec  

 International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) 

 International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) |  JersVision 

 Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation du Québec (OCCOQ) 

 Ordre des psychoéducateurs et des psychoéducatrices du Québec (OPPQ) 

Ordre des psychologues du Québec

 Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ) 

 Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ) | Ordre professionnel des inhalothérapeutes du Québec (OPIQ) 

PFLAG Canada | QMUNITY | Réseau des lesbiennes du Québec (RLQ) | Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) 
 
SOS Homophobie (France) | Table de concertation des aînés de l'île de Montréal (TCAIM) 

The 519 Church Street Community Centre | Vision Diversité



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