Activities, actions and tools

How to participate?

 It is important to make concrete efforts to counter homophobia. The human effort to do so is exactly what creates change and enables mentalities to evolve. The International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th is the perfect opportunity to make such efforts.

Participation

The International Day Against Homophobie and Transphobia campaign is the perfect occasion to do your part to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and there are tons of ways you

can help:

  • Use the campaign’s internet promotional material and circulate it on Facebook and Twitter, in blogs and in e-mails;
  • Order the campaign posters and brochures, and distribute them at your workplace or at school;
  • Organize activities, discussions, and conferences, have public personalities participate in them, and encourage the media to get involved;
  • Organize rainbow-flag-raising ceremonies;
  • Submit articles to be published in newspapers;
  • Encourage key players in civil society to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and to participate in the campaign.

Raising the Rainbow Flag

Get involved in the nationwide plan to raise the Rainbow Flag on May 17 for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Wherever there’s a flagpole, you can fly a Rainbow Flag.

The six colours represent various facets of LGBT communities: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for art, and violet for spirituality. The Rainbow Flag is the world’s most recognised symbol of LGBT diversity. Created by San Francisco based artist Gilbert Baker, the Rainbow Flag was first used in 1978 at Gay Pride in San Francisco.

  • Model letter to municipal board or bourough council to request the Rainbow Flag be raised and for a motion to proclaim the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (Word)
  • Model motion to proclaim the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (Word)

Here are some initiatives that people can take within their environment:

Schools and School Boards

May 17 will be an exceptional moment to:

  • prohibit discrimination against, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified students, as well as students who are harassed due to perceptions of their gender identity or sexual orientation. More information (Word);
  • organise activities at school and in the classroom. Fondation Émergence had also put forward a project for 2005 and 2006: Ten Minutes at Ten O’clock Against Homophobia;
  • inviting a guest speaker, hanging posters, etc. SeeTaking action in schools.

Parents

  • It’s the right moment to let their children know that from now on slurs such as “fag(got)”, “dike”, “homo” and any other derogatory remarks toward gays and lesbians will no longer be tolerated at home and that they will have to eliminate these words once and for all from their vocabulary out of respect for gays and lesbians and their immediate families.

Libraries

  • Clearly displaying books on homophobia.

Employers

  • To set up programs against homophobia in the workplace.

Trade unions

  • To organize awareness activities in the workplace.

Community groups

  • To heighten awareness among their constituencies.

Broadcasters

  • To present special reports and documentaries on the subject.

Newspapers

  • To publish reports and in-depth articles on the subject.

Radio station

  • To call upon artists and personalities to speak on the subject, and to play songs about tolerance.

Internet diffusers

  • To take out or to refuse any homophobic content.

Gays and lesbians who wish to do so

  • To “come out” of the closet.

Legislators, governments, municipalities and school boards

  • To approve a motion in support of the International Day Against Homophobia, and to make a commitment to fight homophobia. Download the draft for proposed motion (Word).

The general public

  • To make a symbolic gesture.

Taking action in schools

Being unaware of sexual orientation and gender identity related issues is a source of prejudice. The fight against homophobia and transphobia calls for giving people information on and demystifying sexual orientation and gender identity. Education and awareness-raising begin with small actions at school. 

Ally networks

Ally networks are networks of health, social services, education, and community organisation professionals who have expressed the wish to act as resource persons for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people (LGBT). Pink Triangle Services supports and encourages such networks. MyGSA.ca is an initiative of Egale Canada and your link to an interactive space for queer Canadian youth and educators and allies.

 

Training programmes

A training program entitled Pour une nouvelle vision de l’homosexualité (Toward a New Vision of Homosexuality) is being offered to teachers. Adapted to the needs of professionals from the health and social services network and from community groups, this programme is handled by the Ministère de la Santé de des Services sociaux du Québec.

Student groups

We can encourage student groups to show how they are open to gay and lesbian issues and to discuss them. What these groups need is support from adults.

 

School planners

If it hasn’t been done already, the address section of planners for students can feature the names, addresses and phone numbers of organisations who provide services for LGBT people. Click here for more information about adding the contact information of Gai Écoute, a Canada-wide bilingual helpline and information centre for people concerned with questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Inviting a guest speaker

Learning institutions can invite guest speakers to the classroom to share personal stories related to their sexual orientation. Organisations such as GRIS (Research and Social Outreach Group), provide this service in Quebec.

Hanging posters

Hanging a poster on the wall at school says a lot. In addition to the information a poster provides, its simple presence in a school shows that the school is open to gay and lesbian issues.

 

Your events

Keep us informed of your activities and your actions! We will publish them on our web site. Simply fill out this form (Word) and return it at mail@homophobiaday.org.

Upcoming events

British-Columbia

City : Vancouver
Organization : Vancouver Community College
Date : May 14
Description : We have tables set up with information, posters, pictures and lots of rainbow cake. We talk to people about homophobia and transphobia. We talk about Positive Space at VCC. We provide infomration on how to deal with homophobia and transphobia.


City : Victoria
Organization : PFLAG Canada Victoria Chapter
Date : May 17
Description : Handing out at schools and businesses and meetings, as well as Pride celebrations

Manitoba

City : Winnipeg
Organization : Canada Revenue Agency
Date : May 17
Description : Lobby display of LGBT material, posters and information table.

New-Brunswick

City : Chipman
Organization : Chipman Forest Avenue School Gay Straight Alliance
Date : May  17
Activity : Week of Awareness About Homophobia and Transphobia
Description : From May 11-May 15, we will read announcements over the school PA each day, dealing with homophobia and transphobia issues. We will bring more awareness to our school by sharing statistics, facts, and information related to these issues. On May 15, GSA members will wear t-shirts in support of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Our GSA members will also host a display in the school lobby where we display: our rainbow flag; a slide presentation of facts etc. from earlier in the week; a station for allies to sign and show their support; and a free bake sale!

Ontario

City : Pickering
Organization : Dunbarton GSA
Date : May 17
Description : We will be handing out pamphlets and putting up posters in the building to promote the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia at our school.


City : Sault St. Marie
Organization : HARP
Date : May 15
Description : International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia celebration

Québec

City : Baie-Comeau
Organization : École secondaire Serge-Bouchard
Date : May 14
Description : Activité de prévention auprès d’élèves du secondaire. Distribution de dépliants, de drapeaux, d’épinglettes. Affichage dans les écoles de poster de sensibilisation.


City : Granby
Organization : Centre Régional Intégré de Formation
Date : May 12
Description : Kiosque d’informations et sensibilisation à la cause. Il y aura aussi une distribution de bracelets en concert avec l’organisme DiversGens


City: Laval (Au parc Émile au 55, boulevard Cartier Ouest)
Organization : Sida-Vie Laval
Date : May 17, 1pm
Activity : Marche pour souligner la Journée Internationale contre l’homophobie et la transphobie
Description : À l’occasion de la Journée internationale contre l’homophobie et la transphobie, Sida-Vie Laval vous invite à venir marcher pour mettre en lumière le rôle indispensable des alliées dans le cheminement des personnes lesbiennes, gaies, bisexuelles et transidentitaires (LGBT) en contrant la discrimination, les préjugés et les stéréotypes. Des activités de sensibilisation sont prévues sur place, ainsi que des bouteilles d’eau et collations. Événement familial et pacifique.
Facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/events/1406935582963290


City : Montréal
Organization : Arc-en-ciel d’Afrique
Website http://www.arcencieldafrique.org


City : Montréal
Organization : SPSIC du CHU Sainte-Justine
Date : April 29
Activity : Journée contre l’homophobie du CHU Sainte-Justine
Description : 8 kiosques d’information entre 9 h et 15 h et 2 conférenciers, Annie Pullen et Patrick Verret sur l’heure du midi


City : Paspébiac
Organization : CLSC Paspébiac
Date : May 17
Activité : Semaine de lutte à l’homophobie et transphobie
Description : Pendant la semaine du 17 mai, dans les bibliothèques municipales, expositions thématiques de livres sur le sujet et distribution d’information, affichage du thème de l’année


City : Québec
Organisation : Alliance Arc-en-ciel
Date : 17 mai, 14 h
Activity : Rassemblement « Amène tes alliéEs » à Place d’Youville
Description : Action symbolique de solidarité visant à rassembler le plus de personnes possible afin de procéder à la prise de la photo officielle des alliéEs dans le cadre de la Journée internationale contre l’homophobie et la transphobie. Pour l’occasion, les participant(e)s sont prié(e)s de s’habiller de façon très colorée. Ils et elles se disposeront pour former un A afin de représenter le mot AlliéE. À partir du toit du Palais Montcalm, un photographe professionnel prendra le cliché. Vous voulez pouvoir dire que vous faites partie de cette photo symbolique et la partager fièrement sur les réseaux sociaux? Invitez vos proches, sortez vos vêtements les plus hauts en couleur et venez à Place d’Youville à 14h le dimanche 17 mai. D’une durée d’environ une heure, l’activité aura lieu beau temps, mauvais temps.
Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1596571140612967/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/ArcencielQc


City : Rimouski
Organization : École secondaire le Paul-Hubert
Date : May 15
Description : Affichage dans l’école. Souligner la Journée internationale contre l’homophobie.


City : Rouyn-Noranda
Organization : Coalition d’aide aux lesbiennes, gais et bisexuel(le)s de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Date : May 15
Description : Journée de lutte à l’homophobie et promotion du colloque LGBT du 30 mai 2015.


City : Rouyn-Noranda
Organization : Cégep de l’Abitbi-Témiscamingue
Date : April 17
Description : Productions Côté-Vivand, compagnie de théâtre, produira un théâtre d’intervention ambulant pour le journée pour la diversité sexuelle, le 17 avril 2015. Des comédiens joueront les tranches de vie exprimées par le public pendant qu’un musicien accentuera les émotions et moments importants de l’histoire. Des étudiants mobilisés par la travailleuse de milieu suivront la troupe avec en mains des pancartes avec des slogans suivant le thème de la journée. Ils dérangeront les étudiants à la cafétéria, avec une touche d’humour, pour recevoir leurs témoignages. Une capsule sera produite avec l’activité et sera diffusée pour la journée internationale de lutte à l’homophobie, le 17 mai 2015, sur le Facebook du Cégep.


City : Trois-Rivières
Organization : Institut Secondaire Keranna
Date : May  14
Activity : Journée contre l’homophobie 2015
Description : Journée de sensibilisation où les élèves, moyennant un don de 2$, ont l’occasion de porter autre chose que leur uniforme. Chaque participant doit porter son bracelet “Non à l’homophobie!” (aux couleurs de l’arc-en-ciel), remis à l’inscription. De l’affichage et du matériel de sensibilisation sont distribués aux élèves lors de cette journée annuelle.


City : Val-D’Or
Organization : Val-d’Or LGBT
Date : 15 mai
Activity : Marche dans le cadre de la journée internationale contre l’homophobie et la transphobie 2015
Description : La marche aura lieu le vendredi 15 mai 2015 à 18h00. Après la marche un léger goûté vous sera servi à la Légion Canadienne. (Gratuitement offert par Val d’Or LGBT). Dès 21h une soirée dansante avec DJ STRA. De nombreux tirages…. Bienvenue à tous!
Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/events/333939090148374/

Saskatchewan

City  : Régina
Organization : All Nations Hope Network Inc.
Date : May 17
Activity : Homophobia and Transphobia: Is there a difference?
Description : The event will put together information made easy for the general public to get an understanding of what Homophobia and Transphobia is. The materials that were ordered will be given out, we will set up booths with information. There will be a bar-b-que to accompany this event.