May 17th is a day few people acknowledge. Not because they don't care, but because they don't know it exists. This year you're invited to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia with us!
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Maybe the reason the day doesn't get much attention is because the words don't have much impact for the average person. Homophobia is a very innocuous term. It doesn't adequately represent the damage done by those who have it. Biphobia isn't about fear. Transphobia shouldn't be treated as a disease. It's not a disease. It's not even a true phobia. It's a learned behavior, a mindset, a transference of one person's self-loathing to someone else.
It's not fear. It's hatred and homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia create as much pain as any other kind of hatred. Strip away the excuses and justifications and it's all the same bigoted nonsense the human race has endured since before winners and losers were documented in print.
Today is all about acknowledging and stopping the hate. It's also about taking a peek inside the fictional lives of LGBT characters, living in their skin, and trying to understand how the childish fear of someone else's sexuality impacts those on the receiving end of it.
I hope you join us in celebrating diversity. 117 of us are holding contests and giving away prizes in this hop so grab your coffee and get hopping! You don't want to miss this.
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