What can YOU do ?

Activities, actions and tools for May 17th

At school

Schools against homophobia and transphobia

A 2002 study shows that, in general, high school students do not spontaneously discuss homosexuality unless they have relatives or friends who are homosexual. In the same study, some young people said they were afraid of becoming gay because of the rejection of friends and society.

School is one of the first place where a child will witness hostile attitudes and behaviors towards homosexuals and homosexuality in general. On the contrary, it can be a place where they learn to accept each other and themselves the way they are, and that love is beautiful, no matter the genders of the people involved. That’s why it so important to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.

17 ideas of things to do on May 17th 

  1. Organize a kiosk with information material (Download and order material here) and make those documents available to students throughout the school
  2. Put posters of the annual campaign against homophobia and transphobia.
  3. Request a resolution to protect your students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or other sexual minority (eg : add homophobia and transphobia to the things not allowed in school, creating gender neutral toilets, allowing same-sex couples to prom, allowing students to wear the clothes they are comfortable in).
  4. Organize a flag raising ceremony with the rainbow flag
  5. Point out the contribution of LGBT in your subject (eg : History of LGBT Rights, famous LGBT authors, contributions of LGBT people in science or sports, etc.)
  6. Have the students make a presentation related to LGBT issues (LGBT authors, LGBT rights in history, LGBT situation in the world, LGBT rights debate, etc.).
  7. Organize a thematic conference.
  8. Raise funds for an LGBT association
  9. Have an artistic or craft activity around the rainbow flag
  10. Make a special request for a derogation in school uniform so that students can wear a item of clothing of one of the colors of the rainbow flag, symbol of LGBT communities (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple) to honor May 17th.
  11. Invite a speaker to offer a teacher training program, or to speak about LGBT people in front of the students
  12. Suggest that students commit themselves against homophobia and transphobia by signing a petition.
  13. Support students who want to invite their same-sex partner to school events and to present themselves in an outfit that corresponds to their gender identity.
  14. Organize a discussion around a work that addresses LGBT issues (book, film, artwork, song, etc.).
  15. In class, read an passage from an LGBT (youth) book.
  16. Put a special display in the school library to promote books about homophobia, bullying or LGBT people. If you don’t have any, this is an perfect opportunity to ask the school to get some.
  17. Show a video or movie clip that addresses LGBT issues.

At work

Ban homophobia and transphobia from your workplace

  • Invite employees to commit themselves in the fight against homophobia and transphobia by signing a petition.
  • Make a donation or sponsor an organization that fights homophobia and transphobia.
  • Send the employees a note from the CEO (or other spokesperson) to remind the employees that your company does not tolerate homophobia and transphobia.
  • Pass a resolution to add homophobia and transphobia to the list of discrimination not tolerated in your institution (whether between employees or with your users).
  • Order and put “ally” or “no to homophobia and transphobia” stickers on your shop window, on your office door or at your counters.
  • Add a clause about respecting sexual and gender diversity in the code of ethics.
  • Order posters or flyers from a International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia campaign.

As an individual

As a parent

  • Inform your children you will no longer tolerate words like fag, dyke, tranny, or any other scornful expression towards LGBT people. Make sure to be a good example in that respect, and explain why those words are bad. LGBT people and their loved ones deserve to be treated with respect, just like all human beings.
  • Tell them (or remind them) you will always love them the same regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Read or make available to them a book that contains LGBT characters.
  • Watch an LGBT themed movie with your family.
  • Encourage your children’s school to participate in the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

On internet

  • Use the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia photo filter on your Facebook profile (coming soon)
  • Use the Facebook cover of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (coming soon)
  • Share LGBT-themed articles or videos
  • Share International Day Against Homophobia posters and video for the 2018 campaign (coming soon)
  • Commit to calling out homophobia or transphobia online
  • Commit to defending people who are bullied online because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Sign a petition advocating for LGBT rights
  • Make a donation to an organization that fights against homophobia and transphobia.

Other ideas :

  • Watch a LGBT themed documentary
  • Borrow or buy an LGBT themed book to read
  • Make a donation to an organization that fights against homophobia and transphobia.
  • Offer to volunteer for an LGBT association
  • Learn more about being a better ally

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