International Day against Homophobia
Homophobia is one of the most spread prejudices that people still have. In spite of the fact that some countries in the West made a large progress in advancing LGBT rights especially on a legal level, full social acceptance and inclusion of gay and trans people is still far from being successful. LGBT people are one of the most discriminated against minorities. Today, there are 77 countries where it is a criminal offense to be gay, while in seven of them the punishment is death. May 17 is a day which is an opportunity to remind people and decriminalization of homosexuality.
On May 17, 1990 the World Health Organizations removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases after decades of lobbying and advocacy efforts of LGBT organizations and individuals around the globe. Homosexuality was no longer to be considered as a disorder. It was a first major victory for international gay movement, but there are many more battle to be fought until full equality and recognition of gay and trans people.