The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17 every year and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.
Shannon Herrick, Master's student with the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University
Within the past decade, we have experienced great societal shifts that have facilitated the increased visibility of LGBTQIA+ communities—however visibility is not inherently accompanied by acceptance. The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is an annual call to action against discrimination and a global rally to support the recognition of human rights, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
Shannon Herrick has been named as a finalist for the 2018 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Storytellers contest. Shannon’s submission (video) can be viewed on YouTube. The story is titled "LGBTQ+ and Physical Activity" and it deals with issues surrounding LGBTQ+ adults who engage in athletics and physical activity, including transphobia, homophobia, gender identity, and exclusion.
Shannon.Herrick [at] mail.mcgill.ca (English)