International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)
We are celebrating International day against homophobia and transphobia in partnership with Haus of Khameleon and Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni (ELFA)
What can you do to help?
Every person can help make a difference to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangender, intersex and queers by combating homophobia and transphobia. This is a call to everyone and not just the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer. …
Here’s how: 1. Get your friend or family involved. Find someone of the same sex as yours. Hold hands with each other and take a picture.
2. Feel like you have a special message you want to share? Write it on paper, hold it close your face and take a picture
3. Upload it on Facebook via Oceania Pride’s events page http://www.facebook.com/events/169143593245112/ or with twitter using #Fijidayinhand
People outside of Fiji You can help by taking pictures with messages directed to Fiji Example: I support the gay community in Fiji For further information please contact Jasmine Kaur via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9975567 or social media.
What is homophobia and transphobia? The fear, hate and discomfort of people from persons who are gay, lesbian and have different gender identity then that at birth. This often leads to violence, promotes stereotyping and rape in extreme cases known as corrective rape. In some cases family disown their children as well.
Why do we need to address homophobia and transphobia? Due to homophobia and transphobia a person’s basic human rights is violated. Some common examples are: • It promotes violence and bullying • Homophobic jokes or harassment • Being threatened or beaten • Rejection from society and family • Difficulties accessing health facilities • Discrimination and stereotyping