Say NO to homophobia

and transphobia

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At school

A 2002 study shows that, in general, high school students do not spontaneously discuss homosexuality unless they have relatives or friends who are homosexuals. In the same study, some young people said they were afraid of becoming gay because of the rejection of friends and society. In 2013, 42% of Quebecers surveyed felt that school is the situation where hostile attitudes and behaviors towards homosexuals and homosexuality in general are most often manifested.

 

That's why it's so important to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.

Tools

Over the years, we have developed awareness tools on a multitude of issues and in different formats: guides, posters, pamphlets, stickers.

All our material is FREE, enjoy!

Our material is also available in digital format on this website. Check out the pages of the issue that interest you to download the awareness raising material related to it.

 

At work

Companies that do not provide a welcoming workplace for LGBT people will in many cases lose their workforce without knowing why. In addition, an open workplace will often be an incentive to join a business. Here are some ideas of things you can do for May 17th in your workplace:

  1. Invite employees to take a stand against homophobia and transphobia by signing a petition.

  2. Make a donation or sponsor an organization that fights homophobia and transphobia.

  3. On May 17th, send a memo to the staff reminding them that the fight against homophobia and transphobia is important to you.

  4. Pass a resolution to include homophobia and transphobias as unacceptable forms of discrimination in the institution (between employees and with users).

  5. Order and put "no to homophobia no to transphobia" stickers in the window / at the door of your office / on the counters.

  6. Add a clause on the fight against homophobia and transphobia in the code of ethics.

  7. Organize awareness activities in the workplace.

  8. Rent an Emergence Foundation exhibit to put in a common space in the weeks that surround May 17th.

  9. Put posters or flyers of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia at the disposal of employees and/or clients.

  10. Share our online material (facebook banner, posters, video) on your workplace's social medias.

Other

 

If you have children in your life

It is important for the children in your life to know that you love them, regardless of their orientation, gender identity or gender expression. You can also set a good example by teaching them to celebrate diversity rather than making fun of it.

  1. Inform your children that, from now on, words such as “faggot”, “dyke”, or “tranny”, and any other contemptuous expression towards LGBT people will no longer be tolerated at home and that they will have to permanently ban these expressions from their vocabulary out of respect for LGBT people and their loved ones. Start by making sure you don’t use such words.

  2. Tell them (or remind them) that the love you have for them will always be the same, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

  3. Read to them or make available to them a book that contains LGBT characters (Find some inspiration)

  4. Watching a LGBT-themed movie as a family.

  5. Encourage your children's school to participate in the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Online

  1. Use the Facebook profile photo filter of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia created for the occasion (coming soon)

  2. Use the banner of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

  3. Share LGBT-themed articles or videos.

  4. Make a commitment not to tolerate homophobia or transphobia in your online social networks (report posts that call to violence against LGBTQ+ people).

  5. Commit to defending people who are bullied online because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Let them know you’re on their side.

  6. Sign a petition advocating for LGBT rights.

  7. Make a donation to an organization that fights against homophobia and transphobia.

Personally

  1. Make a personal commitment not to tolerate and denounce homophobic or transphobic acts around you.

  2. Encourage organizations around you to participate in the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (library, community center, municipality, etc.)

  3. Buy or borrow an LGBT book or movie.

  4. Donate to an LGBT organization.

  5. Volunteer with an LGBT organization.

 

Resources

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About us

Fondation Émergence's mission is to educate, inform and raise public awareness about the realities of people who belong to sexual and gender diversity. This includes, but is not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and 2-spirit people.

Contact us

Fondation Émergence inc.
C.P. 55510
Centre Maisonneuve
Montréal (Québec) H1W 0A1

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