Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHAT). This day marks the 23rd anniversary of the World Health Organization declassifying homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. It is an opportunity for us as students, faculty, staff and community members from across the University of Toronto to recognize and honour the community activism that has led to de-stigmatisation of queer and trans identity, challenging individual and systemic discrimination, and fighting for rights, safety and dignity for all.
The Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans people Of the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT) mark this anniversary by taking the opportunity to honour and reflect on the struggles and victories of the queer and trans movement(s). As the first official queer and trans student organization in Canada, LGBTOUT would like to thank those individuals, groups and communities that have worked tirelessly to build a more inclusive society for queer and trans folk.
However, the work is not over. Queer and trans students continue to encounter homophobia, transphobia and oppression at all levels of our educational institutions, in our homes and in our workplaces. It is important to recognize that the fight for an equitable and more just society requires action from every member of our communit(ies). We must continue to be vigilant and remind ourselves that homophobia and transphobia is experienced by all ages, and its effects impact upon every class, all ethnicities, genders, abilities and across religious faiths. The struggle for an equitable society must be a struggle that recognizes that all forms of oppression are intertwined; they all serve to reduce our capacity to be safe, to belong and to live with dignity.
On this International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, LGBTOUT will be participating in a demonstration at Dundas Square along with other queer and trans campus groups, and students’ unions from across the Greater Toronto Area. We encourage all members and allies to join us, and to reflect on the opportunities present this day, and every day to take action towards a safer and more inclusive society for all.
– LGBTOUT Executive
The Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans people Of the University of Toronto is the oldest standing official queer and trans student group in Canada. The campus group holds voluntary membership from amongst students, staff and faculty across all three campuses and works alongside numerous college, faculty and campus queer and trans campus groups.
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