Together: Resisting, supporting, healing!

Date: Monday, May 17, 2021

 

Originally published on UN-Women.medium.com

For many people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and sex characteristics, acts of resistance, support, and healing are a way of life. A dream held fast, a fist raised in solidarity, a listening ear—these life-preserving acts, seen and unseen, big and small, are performed each day in the face of stigmatization, discrimination, and violence experienced by LGBTIQ+ people.

In every region of the world, LGBTIQ+ people are routinely denied their rights to freedom, safety, and equality. They may face pervasive discrimination, experience intolerable acts of violence that go unpunished, and lack access to justice. These experiences cannot be separated from struggles they may also face on account of other intersecting identities.

Throughout this year’s moments of collective crisis, celebration, and all that is in between, LGBTIQ+ activists have continued to fight against inequalities, anchored in and strengthened by the work of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour, to push for a safer, more equal world.

This year, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (#IDAHOBIT) , 17 May, comes as we head towards the Generation Equality Forum in Paris (30 June – 2 July), which will mobilize a series of ambitious and transformative actions to address the most critical barriers to gender equality, across all sectors, age groups, and recognizing people in all their diversities – including LGBTIQ+ communities.

On IDAHOBIT, we bring you the voices of eight LGBTIQ+ activists sharing their stories of resisting, supporting, and healing.