You may or may not be aware that today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. I suggest you take a gander at the official website which I’ll link at the bottom of this post along with other interesting stuff. 🙂 Now obviously LGBT rights are a big thing for me, something I fight for and truly believe in. So this day is very special in my opinion, and great that so many people celebrate it, even in countries where it is still a crime to be gay. For instance, in Russia a bunch of people let off rainbow balloons in St. Petersburg, despite resistance, to commemorate victims of hate crimes – I recommend you watch this video of the event. In fact if you just search YouTube, you’ll find numerous brilliant videos of the day. Events are going on in over 120 countries today, so it’s well worth celebrating and exploring! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4xCZbckxfs The official Facebook page of IDAHO has been sharing lots of around the world activities and releasing these fabulous pictures for you to share.
The fabulous Barack Obama has released an open letter about IDAHOT, which is another huge leap forward for America (who now have same-sex marriage legal in 17 states)!
Another big thing I want to share with you today is this infographic from The Guardian, displaying LGBT rights across the world. Now I personally find visual things easier to process, so seeing this shocks me just as much if not more than basic statistics. You can actually find out specific rights in each country and it’s all completely up to date. Interactive Map of LGBT Rights Across the World I was genuinely astonished by how little rainbow there was across the map. It reminds us that although the world is becoming a more progressive, accepting place, it is still illegal to be gay in 77 countries across the world, with death penalties in 10 for same-sex acts, which is unfair, ridiculous and inhumane. Whatever happens, we need to keep fighting. No freedom until we’re all equal.
Official IDAHOT website: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/ Gay Marriage in the U.S. : http://www.freedomtomarry.org/states/ Huffington Post about IDAHOT: http://tinyurl.com/mxq5lqu Freedom To Marry official website: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/ Buzzfeed’s post about IDAHOT: http://tinyurl.com/kqzpulm London Embassy’s page for IDAHOT: http://london.usembassy.gov/humrts072.html