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by CoE - DYS category: Cause
On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation decided to declasify homosexuality as a mental disorder. Since 2004, it is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia aiming to raise awareness and promote equal rights.
Although progress in equal rights has been achieved, in many countries around the world loving someone of same sex is criminalised: sometimes it means imprisonment, in some cases its death penalty. Equal marriage of same sex couples is still a debated matter. Transgender people are in many countries subject to forced sterilisation. Capacity to exercise human rigths of the entire LGBTQIA community is still denied in Europe today.
Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are also a reality at society level. Bashing language such as 'faggot', 'tranny', 'so gay' but also fierce versions of it are a reality on the streets of our societies, just as well as in online space. Education against it, accurate information is also missing and left mostly to the work of LGBTQIA organisations over the world.
The No Hate Speech Movement takes a stand against this kind of speech because it hurts, it offends, and most importantly it creates the climate for discrimination and hate crime. A joke can be the push for someone else!
We are taking an online stand for human rights for all! We invite you to join our collective actions against homophobic hate speech. What can you do:
1. Join the thunderclap! We need to show solidarity! We need to publicly stand for human rights and against hate speech!
2. Join our event on Facebook!
3. Be creative! Do a video or a photo and upload it on the nohatespeech movement to share your message: why are you against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia; why do you stand for equal rights, what is your experience of hate speech. Share your video or photo message here.
4. Report hate speech online in our Hate speech watch. Many deny that hate speech exist, so we need to raise awareness and expose its dimension.
5. Don't let it pass by! Respond to hate speech. You can find here some examples.
6. Convince politicians and decision makers to take this pledge against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia!
CoE - DYS
I work as an educational advisor for the Council of Europe Youth Department (www.coe.int/youth). I am involved in the campaign Young people against hate speech online, especially in training online activists in online organisation and action taking.