May 17 of every year is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). It is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another.
In Canada, Fondation Émergence promotes the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and encourages organizations and individuals to highlight this event in their environment.
The 2019 campaign focuses on online violence. Online violence against LGBTQ+ people has real life consequences. The Internet can provide incredible opportunities to learn, connect and have fun. However, LGBTQ+ people are still targeted on digital platforms and this violence, rarely taken seriously, has real harmful impacts on people.
Cyberbullying occurs “when people use computers, cellphones or other devices to embarrass, humiliate, torment, threaten or harass someone else” (Public Safety Canada).
Free display materials actions, and tools that can be utilized on May 17 are available. We ask that you join in solidarity with your LGBT+ brothers and sisters and proudly celebrate this day in your workplace and in your community!