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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia

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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia

The international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia commemorates the discrimination and violence faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community across the world. The date of the 17th of May was chosen as this was the day the world health organisation declassified homosexuality as being a mental disorder, and has been running for over 15 years now.

On this day we listen to the LGBT community and recognise the struggles faced, and educate ourselves in how we can support each other and stand up to discrimination.

We at YSJSU aim to challenge homophobia, transphobia and biphobia amongst other discriminatory acts, and ask you to do the same. Below are some things you can do to help with this:

 

BAN CONVERSION THERAPY

Stonewall UK have launched a petition to ban conversion therapy (read more about this here), which you can sign in under a minute! This helps reduce stigma, distress and segregation in our society. Read more on their website: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/ban-conversion-therapy

COMPLETE BYSTANDER TRAINING

The All About Respect bystander programme aims to empower you to become an active bystander, and be part of the solution in stopping and preventing harassment in your student community. This training is accessible via Moodle and more information and links are found here: https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/all-about-respect/

EDUCATE YOURSELF ON HOW TO SUPPORT OTHERS

Our friends at student minds have a great webpage of resources and information for supporting others and yourself at university through coming out, recognising your individuality and understanding each other. Make sure to have a read of them all here: https://www.studentminds.org.uk/lgbtq.html

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