Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia Biphobia and Transphobia

The Statement “That all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” appears in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this document as a “common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations”. This happened in 1948 but it was not until 1990 that homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder by WHO (World Health Organization).

It is still known that more than one-third of all countries in the world criminalize same sex relationships and the 2SLGBTQIA+ people face prejudice, discrimination, stigma, hostility and violence.
It is still a known fact that Transgender persons all around the world those that identify themselves as members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ are ostracized, the Trans persons of colour are those most at risk of victims of hate crimes and targets of systemic racism repression and racism.

We as a union must ask ourselves “WHY?” this is one of the biggest union issues as it attacks to the core of our human rights. The time to address these fears is now, as everyone deserves the respect and dignity to live their lives within this world. We must ensure that our members and ALL our members are afforded the same rights as their co-workers in the workplace and the same rights as their neigbours. The 2SLGBTQIA+ people should not be marginalized by fears and hatred and should live and work in their workplace and neighbourhoods safely without fear.

As your 2SLGBTQIA+ Director on PSAC Atlantic Council I join each and everyone to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia Biphobia and Transphobia. Please join me on May 17 to celebrate our diversity and bringing attention to the fact that 2SLGBTQIA+ rights are Human Rights. I feel that with strength in numbers we can keep our communities safe.

With Pride and Solidarity
Wayne Kelley
PSAC Atlantic Director for 2SLGBTQIA+ members