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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – May 17

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – May 17

On May 17, HWDSB recognizes the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – May 17

This worldwide day of awareness was created in 2004 to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. On this day, and every day, we are grateful for the trailblazers whose advocacy led to increased rights, acceptance, and visibility of the Two Spirit LGTBQIA+ community.

However, it’s important to recognize the rise in targeted harassment, violence, and acts of hate that continue to be perpetrated against the Two Spirit LGBTQIA+ community – including incidents that have taken place at HWDSB. Acknowledging the existence of discrimination is the first step to fighting it.

At HWDSB, we are committed to creating safer and more inclusive places to learn, work, and playStudents, families, staff, and community members continue to collaborate with Equity, Mental Health, Safe Schools, Human Rights, and other HWDSB departments to bring about more awareness, support, and change.

Our collective work to support an inclusive culture in schools and workplaces starts with listening and valuing voices currently and historically underserved. This means creating safe spaces to uplift and honour the lived experiences of those who identify as being a part of Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ communities – including recognizing the inequities they face because of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

We will continue to encourage ongoing learning about the Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ communities as we celebrate Pride Month in June.


Paul Denomme
Superintendent, Equity and Safe Schools


Speqtrum Hamilton – offers peer support and community building for Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ youth.

Trans Lifeline’s Hotline – a peer support phone service run by transgender people for transgender and questioning peers. 1- 877-330-6366.

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line – confidential, non-judgmental, and informed peer support. 1 (800) 268-9688.

Updated on Friday, May 17, 2024.
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