Putting a stop to homophobia

There’s no better way to celebrate a worthy cause than a wholesome slice of cake and a great conversation.

There was no shortage of either as the Public Service Alliance of Canada joined other Northern labour movements to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia in Yellowknife Friday, May 16.

The International Day Against Homophobia is a rallying event that offers an opportunity for everyone – regardless of their background or sexual orientation – to reach out and offer each other support.

Although much progress has been made by the Public Service Alliance of Canada and other equality movements to combat homophobia and transphobia, the stigma still lingers in our daily lives. Stigma exerts its influence in a world where heterosexual relationships and traditional expressions of gender identity are still the norm in overt and subtle ways such as the media and every day conversations with friends. Homophobia crops up in the schoolyard, it manifests itself in online bullying, in the workplace and when LGBTQ members are ostracized by their peers.

International Day Against Homophobia is an event that lets everyone speak out against discrimination, and ensure that our rights and our choices are respected.