#May17Because: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

In only 17 days, thousands of advocates and LGBT allies from around the world will celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in an attempt to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT people internationally. As part of GLAAD's Global Voices program, which works to accelerate LGBT acceptance across the globe, GLAAD will participate and celebrate IDAHOT together with thousands of diverse groups and individuals. Beginning today, May 1, we will give you 17 reasons, one every day, why May 17 matters. We invite you to create and share your own, via the hashtag #May17Because and amplify the voice for LGBT equality.

Being confronted with LGBT-phobia or discrimination, we have to remind ourselves that we are not alone. There are others who don’t agree with inequality, prejudices, and unfairness. Those advocates, celebrities, politicians, religious leaders and other allies often speak up and they #GotYourBack. International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia rule number 1: Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity! #May17Because