Today is International Day Against Homophobia or Transphobia

The South African Constitution’s Bill of Rights states that everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. It also states that the state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.

SA’s constitution is one of the most progressive in the world with a Bill of Rights second to none.

Despite this, the LGBTIAQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexed, Asexual and Queer) community still suffers from discrimination and violence. Just a few days ago, the half-naked body of 27-year-old lesbian, Lerato Tambai Moloi, was found in Naledi Ext in Soweto. She was brutally raped and murdered and is an example of the homophobia and transphobia constantly faced by LGBT+ community in South Africa.

The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) published the 2017 State Sponsored Homophobia report prior to the annual International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. It shows that 23 nations worldwide recognise gay marriage. They include South Africa, Brazil, the US, Canada and Spain, Bermuda, Guernsey and Finland.

The report also shows that same-sex relations were illegal in 72 countries — down from 92 in 2006. Eight countries impose the death penalty for homosexual activity. The Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as Islamic militants in parts of Iraq and Syria are known to carry out the punishment.

Individuals and organisations all over the world have taken to Twitter to highlight the fight against homophobia and transphobia as well as advocate a celebration of diversity and equal rights. Here are some tweets responding to the hashtag #IDAHOT:

 

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