Sunday 17 May is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

It is an issue that is close to my heart as I’ve seen first hand several members of my family paying the price of prejudice. Fear rules them and that will never be ok with me.

An international celebration. 

First we have to recognise that there is a problem, a worldwide problem. If you prefer movies check out some documentaries on Kanopy:

Film poster for The mask you live in
movie poster for Campaign of hate
Movie poster for A road to home

If you prefer books:

Book cover for No house to call my home : love, family, and other transgressions
Book cover for Unfollow : a journey from hatred to hope, leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

Rally together.

It is true and it is happening all over the world. Imagine being scared of going out to dinner with your partner, terrified of going on holidays in certain countries because of who you love. Picture a young teen frozen in terror at what his parents will say once he tells them he is different. And what is being different anyway? It would be very boring if we were all the same. As long as your liberties don’t affect my freedom then I say, please, be my guest. 

Once we recognise it, together we can fight to end homophobia. Today (and every other day), let’s celebrate sexual and gender diversity. 

Check out this website for more information. 

Don’t forget, everyone is welcome at the library and if you or someone you know is struggling we have resources to help. 

For children:

Book cover for Can I tell you about gender diversity? : a guide for friends, family and professionals
Book cover for A house for everyone : a story to help children learn about gender identity and gender expression
Book cover for Understanding sexuality : what it means to be lesbian, gay or bisexual

For adults:

Book cover Trans : exploring gender identity and gender dysphoria : a guide for everyone (including professionals)
Book cover for Gender born, gender made : raising healthy gender-nonconforming children
Book cover for The gender creative child : pathways for nurturing and supporting children who live outside gender boxes