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International Day Against Homophobia / Transphobia (IDAHOT)

International Day Against Homophobia is a day that is celebrated in more than 130 countries. Today, millions of people across the globe will stand together to support the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. We are proud to stand with them.

Since its creation in 2004, May 17th has established itself the single most important date for LGBTQ2+ communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale.

The International Day Against Homophobia is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action – not just today, but everyday going forward.

In recognition of this important day, we declare the following:
Whereas Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin County and the Oxford Elgin Child and Youth Centre believes in improving access and equity in our services for LGBTQ2+ children, youth, caregivers and staff;

Whereas we believe everyone has the right to live in a world that is safe, healthy and free from harassment, violence and discriminatory practices;

Whereas we believe in promoting a harmonious community where all individuals are treated with dignity, fairness and respect; and

We, hereby recognize the International Day Against Homophobia and support all individuals regardless of gender or sexual identity.  We encourage all community members to join us in putting an end to discrimination and give rise to open-mindedness towards diversity.

Derrick Drouillard                                Mamta Chail-Teves
Executive Director,                              Executive Director,
Family & Children’s Services              Oxford-Elgin Child and Youth Centre
of St. Thomas and Elgin