(Blogmensgo, gay blog of May 7, 2018) The international day against homophobia and transphobia is celebrated this May 17th again. The main focus of the Canadian organizers (Fondation Émergence) this year is on all those gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people who have had to flee from their home country because of violence or threats against them due to the fact that they are different. In addition to intolerance, however, it is also about ignorance in the “safe” countries and about the dangers for LGBT people or people who are committed to LGBT rights.
The three faces Émergence has chosen for the 2018 campaign are still quite young: the transsexual Mona and the two gay men Justin and Ramy. All three were forced into exile after insults, bullying, harassment, threats, verbal or physical violence due to their sexual orientation or gender identity – simply because it did not fit with the “normality” in their home countries. They now live in Canada, far away from their friends and enemies, in safety, but also without the support of their families, who had rejected them anyway.
In Canada, LGBT refugees found an open and LGBT-friendly country that is much more welcoming and multicultural than their country of origin. On the other hand, the population there knows very little about the situation of LGBT rights in other parts of the world, according to the results of an annual survey conducted by Léger Marketing for the Fondation Émergence (FR | EN).
A fifth of Canadians outside Quebec (20%) and even a third of Quebecers (32%) and a quarter of all respondents (23%) consider the situation of LGBT people in the world to be good or very good. Conversely, only 26% of Canadians (including 21% of Quebecers) consider the situation of LGBT people to be bad.
A majority of respondents believe that improvements have been seen in the last five years for homosexuals (67%) and transsexuals (52%). Although the results are older, the latest meta-analysis by the Meta-Analyse des Williams Institute (UCLA) puts Canadians’ optimism into perspective.
In 72 out of 193 UN member states, homosexuality is still a crime or an offence. 59% of Canadians believe that this is the case in less than 51 countries. 54% of Canadians also believe that provincial and federal governments should adopt a more proactive stance in the fight against homophobia and transphobia around the world.
Digital posters of the Fondation Émergence’s May-17 campaign can be downloaded in around twenty languages in order to publicize the campaign further.
Study methodology: Random sample of 1,546 Canadians 18 years and older. Results weighted according to various socio-demographic criteria. Online questionnaire in English or French, depending on the respondent.
Frank-S / MensGo