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May 17 was chosen because the date is the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s May 1990 decision to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. This victory of the lesbian-gay-bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cause was a historic step towards considering freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity as a fundamental basic human right.

The objective is to provoke action. Actions can take place in a number of different forms: a debate in the classroom, an exhibition in a cafe, a demonstration in the street, a radio program, a screening in a neighbourhood home, a round table organized by a political party, a short story competition sponsored by a newspaper, an awareness campaign led by an association, etc. These initiatives can be backed by LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) associations, by human rights organizations, but also by women and men of any background and interest. In fact, today many people who are not specifically interested in questions of homosexuality are worried about the problem of homophobia.

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52% of Americans find homosexual relationships “morally acceptable”
(Gallup Survey, May 2010)
5 x Young Dutch LGBT people are up to five times as likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers
Social and Cultural Research Agency (SCP) -
91% of Dutch people claim to accept homosexuality
48% of French people are in favor of adoption by same-sex couples
(French Center for Research on Lifestyles – CREDOC, July 2010)
11 countries recognize same sex marriage rights
Wikipedia - wikipedia
45% of Americans favor marriage equality for same-sex couples
(Pew Research Center 2010) - Pink News Same-Sex Marriage USA
76 Countries in 2010 prosecute people on ground of their sexual orientation
ILGA report on State sponsored Homophobia - ILGA website