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Today We Stand Together: Why IDAHOBIT Matters More Than Ever

A stack of colorful postcards on a table. The top postcard has a rainbow design with the text "You belong. And I'm here for you. Wherever you are. Whoever you are." in white lettering. There is also a red maple leaf and the text "An Advocacy Canada initiative" in the bottom right corner. The other postcards have various colorful designs and text, but none are fully visible.

Today, on May 17th, we mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). This day serves as a powerful reminder of the ongoing fight for equality for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

While significant progress has been made, we face a growing anti-trans and anti-2SLGBTQIA+ movement seeking to erase our rights and dignity. This hateful rhetoric translates into real-world consequences. From discriminatory legislation to rising violence, our communities are under attack.

Why IDAHOBIT Matters Now More Than Ever

In this climate of hate, IDAHOBIT is not just a commemoration; it’s a call to action. It’s a day to raise our voices, celebrate our diversity, and demand a world where everyone feels safe and respected.

Advocacy Canada: Leading the Charge for Change

Here at Advocacy Canada, we’re committed to building a more inclusive future. As part of Rainbow Week of Action, we were proud to play an instrumental role in holding a letter-writing event in Kelowna on May 14th. This event, a testament to the power of community action, saw a remarkable 179 postcards written by community members directly to Members of Parliament (MPs).

Join the Fight for Rainbow Equality This Week!

These postcards, along with countless others sent across the country, are a powerful message to our elected officials. We urge them to:

  • Champion legislation that protects 2SLGBTQIA+ rights: From safe schools to gender-affirming healthcare, we need laws that guarantee equality for all.
  • Speak out against anti-2SLGBTQIA+ rhetoric: Silence normalizes hate. We need our leaders to send a clear message that discrimination will not be tolerated.
  • Allocate resources for 2SLGBTQIA+ support services: Mental health support, legal aid, and safe housing are crucial for our community’s well-being.

The Importance of Allyship

This fight for equality is not ours alone. We need allies to stand beside us. By writing a letter to your MP, you’re not just raising awareness, you’re showing your support for a more inclusive Canada.

Raise Your Voice for Change this IDAHOBIT:

  • Visit the Rainbow Week of Action website at to access a pre-written letter template. You can easily personalize it with your voice and concerns.
  • Share the campaign with your friends, family, and network.
  • Use the hashtag #RainbowEquality on social media to amplify the message.

Together, we can create a future where equality is not a dream, but a reality for all. Let’s make this IDAHOBIT a day of action for positive change.

Visit Rainbow Equality today and join the fight for a more inclusive Canada!

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