Monday 17 May 2021

#IDAHOBIT 2021: Together we heal

Reflecting on the day

Quietly, I celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT / IDAHOBIT) which falls on the 17th of May annually. The theme for this year is, “Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!” [Wikipedia]

Many of us freedoms and voices, the freedom to be who we are, and the voice to speak out first on who we are and what we represent, then to speak against oppression, injustice, bullying, aggression and all kinds of phobia expressed against sexuality.

Fleshing out the theme

Resisting, as we agitate against the conservative and illiberal forces rolling back our freedoms by feigning the loss of theirs in malevolence and the desire to homogenise communities when our humanity is too diverse to be pigeonholed.

Supporting, ourselves, and with our allies in the fight for human rights, the institutions and establishments that seek to regulate life and livelihood in extreme fundamentalist ways of control, submission, and abuse. We need to be there to ensure we can rise together to be our best selves and be valued and respected members of our respective communities.

Healing, what abuse we have suffered from the denial of our identity, conversion therapy, physical abuse, intemperate and inhuman laws, a biased justice system, and much else. We need to heal, to recuperate, recover, rehabilitate, reconstruct, and rejuvenate ourselves to come into the fulness of life, the joy of living, and even dare the pursuit of happiness for love, comfort, and fulfilment.

Knowing the deal

I wore a purple shirt, the colour of IDAHOBIT, when I sent a video message to Brian, during our conversation after work, he noticed and realised, it is a day to celebrate what we are all about, the freedom to be ourselves.

Blog - #IDAHOBIT 2020: Breaking the silence

Blog - #IDAHOT 2018: Of allies and acceptance

Blog - #IDAHOT2017: The beliefs that harm us

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