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This year, combatting 2SLGBTQI hate is even more important than ever.


Taking place annually on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) was created in 2003 — making this year the 20th anniversary of the international event — to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by 2SLGBTQI people across the globe.

Around the world, societies are bearing witness to an unprecedented and exponential rise in anti-2SLGBTQI, hate-fueled, and gender-critical movements. Unfortunately, Canada has been no exception in this regard. There is a growing reactionary movement in Canada threatening the safety, freedoms, and rights of 2SLGBTQI people, especially those who are Two-Spirit, trans, nonbinary, and/or gender non-conforming.

Here in Canada, IDAHOBIT is led by Fondation Émergence, learn more about their campaign for 2023 at or in the content below.

Here are some ways you can combat hate against the 2SLGBTQI community.

Share Our Recent Calls to Action

Egale’s report Still in Every Class in Every School (2021) shows that homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia still exists in Canadian schools. Every student deserves the right to learn in an environment free from violence, harassment, and bullying. Here are two ways that educators can build 2SLGBTQI-inclsuive schools.

Build 2SLGBTQI-Inclusive Schools

Trans & Nonbinary Youth 

May 23, 2023 at 12pm EST  

This free webinar aims to help educators understand the unique experiences and challenges faced by trans and nonbinary students. It is designed to support the work of bringing critical learning and conversations about trans, nonbinary, and gender diverse identities and experiences into school communities. 

Relearn and React Series 

Relearn and React series, a collection of curriculum-friendly teaching resources and materials featuring topics supporting 2SLGBTQI representation and inclusion within the Ontario curriculum. There are several educational toolkits with video resources created to help and support grade seven to 12 teachers who wish to diversify their curriculum beyond its current scope. 

Learn about 2SLGBTQI inclusion

Studies show that one of the best ways to combat hate is through education. Egale is proud to have a variety of educational resources to help you on your knowledge journey.  

Introduction to 2SLGBTQI Inclusion 

Further In-Depth Education

Participate in Foundation Émergence’s 2023 Campaign  

Fondation Émergence is a non-profit organization which fights against homophobia and transphobia through a range of actions.  

Their 2023 campaign, The LGBTQ-Phobias, raises awareness on how phobias are irrational fears and how LGBTQ-phobias are irrational fears.

Join Fondation Émergence (and Egale Canada) in fighting against LGBTQ-phobias.  

Take their quiz, receive awareness-raising materials and sign their petition.  

Learn more on the LGBTQ-Phobias campaign website