17 May: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Concentration and celebration at the LGBTI Centre
Today, 17 May, is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. The date marks the moment that the World Health Organization (WHO) declassified homosexuality as a mental illness, in 1990.
Its purpose is to raise awareness of LGBTI-phobia and promote interest among the general public and the authorities in guaranteeing LGBTI rights around the world.
This year, the LGBTI Centre has decided to regain this date by organising a day of activities, open to the public: the LGBTI Centre Party, which is being held on 21 May.
Through workshops, concerts and an open day, the city’s leading centre for sexual and gender diversity seeks to contribute to the visibility and defence of LGBTI rights.
The party sets the ball rolling for L’Orgullosa, a programme of activities organised by Barcelona City Council around different districts to celebrate sexual and gender diversity.
You can find the full programme for the LGBTI Centre Party here.
Demonstration against LGBTI-phobia
At the same time, the Catalan LGBTI Platform and the Observatory Against Homophobia have called a demonstration against LGBTI-phobia for today, 17 May, at 7.30 pm. The demo will be held at the junction between the streets of Comte Borrell and Parlament, in the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni.
Under a slogan calling to squeeze out LGBTI-phobia altogether (“A l’LGTBI-fòbia, ni aigua”), the demonstration will express the rejection of discrimination, attacks and hate discourse towards LGBTI people.