Friday, May 17, 2013
Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Today we raise awareness to the ongoing violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ people around the world every single day.
Toronto may be considered one of the safest cities in the world for LGBTQ people, however, the prevalence of homophobic and transphobic violence is often normalized and invisible.
25-40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Queer and trans youth experiencing homelessness often feel safer on the streets than in shelters, due to the extreme homophobia and transphobia that occurs in the shelter system. But still there is minimal support available in Toronto and still we do NOT have specialized housing for LGBTQ youth in Canada.
I hope everyone can take a moment today to think about this and to help raise awareness because this type of discrimination affects us all.