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Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia And Biphobia

The theme for this year’s celebration is Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing! is significant for the LGBTIQ persons particularly in the context of the COVID19 pandemic.
20 May 2021 08:32
Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia And Biphobia

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission joins LGBTIQ groups and individuals across the country to commemorate the 2021 International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOTB).

This day is celebrated globally on 17 May.

The theme for this year’s celebration is Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing! is significant for the LGBTIQ persons particularly in the context of the COVID19 pandemic.

There is little contention over the fact that those that are most vulnerable groups are disproportionately impacted because of the deepening economic and social inequalities as a result of the pandemic.

LGBTIQ persons are already victims of homophobic violence, sexual exploitation and discrimination at home and in schools, when seeking gainful employment, accessing housing and healthcare but during these unprecedented times, these vulnerabilities and entrenched discriminatory attitudes amplify.

LGBTIQ persons, both young and the elderly, face family rejection, endure domestic violence which is not only physical but also psychological, and bullying in their own homes which lead to depression making them more vulnerable during lockdowns and containment.

They are also subjected to abuse, hate speech and bullying on social media platforms.

LGBTIQ sex workers who ordinarily face abuse and unfair treatment by their clients and when in conflict with the law are particularly vulnerable at this time.

Intersectional forms of discrimination on the basis of disability, ethnicity, age, health, poverty and access to equal opportunity amongst other markers of difference only accentuates these vulnerabilities.

LGBTIQ persons must be afforded acceptance, respect and equal treatment, particularly during these critical times when many face financial hardship, job losses, and homelessness and are susceptible to health risks.

Family members of LGBTIQ persons are instrumental in preventing and combating abuse and discrimination by being more accepting and compassionate towards the LGBTIQ members of their family, more so during this pandemic which is blind to the barriers that we humans build to decide who belongs and who does not whether it be our homes, schools, places of workshop, or workplace.

It affects one and all indiscriminately but it is the most vulnerable that pay the heaviest price for the barriers that we humans build.

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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