International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Champlain, May 17, 2022 - On this symbolic day, the Township of Champlain wishes to reiterate the municipality's support and solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

May 17 is a symbolic date for homosexual people. Homosexuality was removed from the list of mental disorders of the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 17, 1990.

Still, more than one-third of all countries criminalize same-sex relationships. LGBTQI people face prejudice, discrimination, stigma, hostility, violence. They are denied legal protections, essential health care, civil and human rights, including a right to bodily autonomy when forced to go through medical treatment or needless surgery.

This year’s theme is “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights.” Champlain stands for and works toward rights and choices for all. Everyone has the fundamental right to make decisions governing their bodies, lives and futures.

Together, let's put an end to the stigma and prejudice that can exist around us. Let's make sure that in Champlain, inclusion and diversity are the values of our community!