May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 7, 2020

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB.) This day marks the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990 — an important step in the fight against homophobia.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association is proud to recognize and support the diversity of our members and staff, and to join in the fight against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

While people and organizations in more than 130 countries now celebrate IDAHOTB, discrimination is still tolerated – and even enforced – by governments around the world at least 81 countries still criminalize same sex relationships. In Ontario we are fortunate to be protected under the Human Rights Code against discrimination and harassment based on one’s sexual orientation. Click here to learn more about your rights and available resources.

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Although physical celebrations may not be taking place this year, don't let that stop you from speaking out and taking online action. For ideas on how to take action under lock down, click here.

Get the facts about IDAHOT by the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Committee website for additional information and resources. To explore this year's theme of "Breaking the Silence" please click here.

ONA is committed to fighting all forms of discrimination, including homophobia and transphobia. Every member has the right to equal opportunity and full participation in their workplace and in their union. Our Human Rights and Equity Team has prepared answers to a set of frequently asked questions around challenging homophobia and heterosexism in the workplace.

ONA is committed to being an inclusive and equitable organization that recognizes membership diversity. Visit our Human Rights & Equity webpage to learn about the work being done by our Human Rights & Equity Team, contact team members, and to access valuable resources


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