Last week, on 17 May it was the World Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Amphiphobia and Transphobia. This Day aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBTQI+ rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTQI+ rights work worldwide.
More particulalrly, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
In this context, we recommend you watch the film ”Happy Together” by Wong Kar-wai (1997), since it concerns a homosexual couple travelling across Argentina, somewhat lost of direction, winding up in Buenos Aires in low paid jobsis based on . Lai (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and his boyfriend, Ho (Leslie Cheung), arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong, seeking a better life. Their highly contentious relationship turns abusive and results in numerous break-ups and reconciliations. When Lai befriends another man, Chang (Chen Chang), he sees the futility of continuing with the promiscuous Ho. Chang, however, is on his own personal journey and, ultimately, both Lai and Ho find themselves far from home and desperately lonely.
The right to love, to family, to marriage or to othe social constructions is a human right and concern all human beings. It must be protected for all! It is not only about sexual orientation. It is about erotice orientation. Support the right to diversity, to inclusion, to visibility for all human beings despite their gender, sex, sexual or erotic orientation, age, race, disability etc.
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