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2013 Campaign

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Did you know?

The site Nohomophobes.com reveals that the word “faggot” can appear up to 250,000 times in one week on Twitter.

Serious consequences

Twice the amount of young lesbians, gays and bisexuals than young heterosexuals report cyberbullying and bullying at school. One third of youth bullied on the Web report symptoms of depression.*

* Schneider, Shari Kessel, Lydia O’Donnell, Ann Stueve et Robert W. S.Coulter. 2012. « Cyberbullying, School Bullying, and Psychological
Distress: A Regional Census of High School Students ». American
Journal of Public Health 102 (1) :  171-177.

Acts of Homophobia Registry

Gai Écoute, a Fondation Émergence partner, created the Acts of Homophobia Registry, a complementary tool for the 2013 campaign. Anonymous and confidential, it allows for all acts of homophobia to be reported.

The Registry allows us to help and inform victims of acts of homophobia of their options. It also allows us to record acts of homophobia and to see the
situation in a more global way in order to develop more accurate and targeted preventative and
awareness-raising measures.

1 888 505-1010 / rah@gaiecoute.org

>> 2013 Campaign

The 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

Anonymous Abuse

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?
Negative attitudes
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.

Hurtful words
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.


« It is not homosexuality
that leads to suicide,
but rather homophobia. »

Laurent McCutcheon
President of Gai Écoute

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:

  • report unwanted content to website administrators and encourage your friends to do the same;
  • report homophobic content to the website host;
  • denounce the content in the Acts of Homophobia Registry.

Criminal acts

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.

For more information

>> About the International Day Against Homophobia 

>> What is homophobia?

>> 17 FAQ On May 17

>> Teaching Tools

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 Homophobia

The 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
2012Sexual diversity in the workplace, it pays off!
2011Same-Sex Couple: A Story of Love
2010Speaking about Silence - Homophobia in the Sports World
2009Homosexuality Knows No Borders
2008STOP - Homosexuality is NOT a sickness!
2007Sexual orientation is not a choice
2006Hiding its face - Becoming more subtle
2005Presumed Heterosexual
2004Declaration of War against Homophobia
2003Shocking? Only for the homophobes!

>> 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.

>> Ressources

International Day Against Homophobia - May 17


Official Partner


Gouvernement du Québec Desjardins


Arrondissement de Ville-Marie (Ville de Montréal)

Media 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

Fierter au travail

In collaboration with


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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