Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community, their homes, and wherever they go. Safety includes bring able to express your true self, no matter how you identify. Across the globe, our country, and even in our communities, there is a sustained movement to make spaces and places less safe for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, through direct homophobic, transphobic, and biphobic actions.
May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, is a day to open our eyes to these actions and to recognize the work we need to do to stop these harmful actions and protect the safety of everyone in our communities. Collectively, we need to push back, realizing that not only are these actions damaging to those who are the targets, but that they harm our whole community.
Homophobic, transphobic and biphobic actions harms students, staff, and community alike. We need to ensure that every child or adult, no matter how they identify, can live a happy, healthy life, free from discrimination. We need to turn our attention to this today, on May 17th, and every day.