>> 2013 CampaignThe theme of the International Day Against Homophobia 2013 campaign is Fight the Homophobia Web Virus.
The campaign image shows a virus seen under microscope. This homophobia Web virus, of course, has no face or
colour. Its illustration is an element of communication
Homophobia is becoming increasingly present on the Web and in social
media. The anonymity of the Internet facilitates the spread of abusive
comments and cyberhomophobia
that could have serious consequences.
|What is cyberhomophobia?|
Cyberhomophobia is the manifestation of homophobia on the Internet and in social media. It is the circulation of negative attitudes towards homosexuality and gender identity. It often presents sexual minorities as inferior or abnormal and can be expressed in the form of jokes,
teasing, hateful or hostile remarks, denigration and stereotypes toward homosexual or transsexual persons.
Certain words and expressions can hurt people, even without intending to. It would be best to ban these from
your conversations: “fag”, “so gay”, “lesbo” , “butch”, “dyke”, “homo”, etc.
|Cyberbullying and Harassment|
It's not a game!
|Bullying and harassment are nothing new. Unfortunately, they now happen on the Web. If social media such as|
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are amazing tools, they can also be ruthless. Using them repeatedly against someone can constitute real bullying and victimization.
Filing a complaint
Just like with everywhere else, homophobic remarks on
the Internet and in social media should not go unnoticed. It is important to:
Harassment, death threats, hateful, defamatory or blasphemous remarks can all constitute a criminal offence. It is important to report them to law enforcement authorities and the Acts of Homophobia
Going to civil court is also possible if damage has been done to someone’s reputation or private life.
|Sexual Diversity (LGBT): Sexual diversity or sexual minority are expressions used to identify lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgendered persons (LGBT). Sexual orientation: Sexual orientation relates to the sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex, the same sex or both: heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality. Gender identity: Gender identity relates to people who do not identify with their biological gender, but rather with the opposite gender.|
>> International Day Against HomophobiaThe International Day Against Homophobia is the culminating point of the annual campaign for the fight against homophobia. Although sexual diversity has become more recognized, homophobia still exists, even if the ways of expressing it are increasingly subtle. Our societies recognize that homophobia is a form of discrimination just like all other forms of discrimination. To fight it, we need to make everyone, from all walks of life and various cultures, aware of all aspects of this reality.
This philosophy generated the first theme day dedicated
to the fight against homophobia in 2003, in Quebec. With the help of partner involvement, this national day spread to the rest of Canada, Belgium, France, and many other
countries to become an international day.
Why May 17th?
May 17th is a symbolic day for the homosexual community. Long considered to be an illness, homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses on May 17, 1990 by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Themes of the past annual campaigns
>> Campaign Objectives
fight homophobia on the Internet and in social media;
|-||make people aware of the presence of homophobia in the Web world; |
inform Internet users of the effects that homophobia and bullying have on the health of their victims;
propose initiatives to defeat cyberhomophobia;
encourage website administrators to limit the use of pseudonyms and to prohibit conduct that isn’t cyberethical;
make Internet users aware of the importance of reporting and denouncing homophobic or bullying remarks to the appropriate authorities.