This Saturday is International Day Against Homophobia

May 17 marks key anniversary of important step taken by the World Health Organization in 1991


Ottawa (14 May 2008) - International Day Against Homophobia will be observed on May 17 – this Saturday – with what has become an annual campaign to rally people against all forms of homophobia.

The theme for 2008 is Homosexuality is NOT a sickness! One of the main aims this year is to reach health care workers.

On May 17 in 1991 the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. Unfortunately, prejudice remains deep-rooted and some people still think being gay or lesbian as a mental disorder. Others mistakenly believe that homosexuality can be “cured” in various ways.

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) encourages members in all work places to take a stand against homophobia and to promote justice and equity for all. Please download any or all of three colourful posters that are now available. Also available for downloading is an informative pamphlet entitled, Solidarity and Pride. Check the links below. NUPGE

More information:

International Day Against Homophobia
Pamphlet: Solidarity and Pride - pdf
Poster No. 1 - pdf
Poster No. 2 - pdf
Poster No. 3 - pdf