International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is a day to raise awareness of LGBTQ2S+ rights violations and to coordinate efforts to work against discrimination.
There is no excuse, no rationale and no justification for discrimination towards members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.
May 17th was chosen because this was the day, just 28 short years ago, that the World Health Organization made the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases.
The world has made great strides since then. Representation for LGBTQ2S+ individuals has risen, more and more nations are legalizing same sex marriage, and there is broader understanding of LGBTQ2S+ issues.
There is still more work to do. Around the globe and here at home prejudice and persecution continue. I, and the Alberta Liberals, will never stop fighting for LGBTQ2S+ rights.