Does it make sense to say “Happy International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia”? In some ways it does.
I’m happy that in many communities people are not afraid to walk around hand-in-hand.
I’m happy that we are protected in our workplaces and schools and not rejected for our sexual orientation or gender identity.
I’m happy that we have the right to be legally recognized in our relationships.
I’m happy that we have the ability to one day adopt children.
I’m happy that we can stand up and fight against the inequalities that still exist.
I’m happy people around the world continue to fight for their right to be recognized as human beings.
I’m happy that we can take a day to recognize the battles, big and small, that are taking place around the world to end homophobia and transphobia.
So, Happy International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia!
~~Ryan Clayton, BSW – Youth Wellness Worker~~