International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Hi, all–

Andi Marquette here. I’m participating in a blog hop in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. I posted my blog today on my website.

Since 2004, this day is recognized on May 17th. On that day in 1990, the World Health Organization decided to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases, where it was classified as a “mental/behavioral disorder.” However, “gender identity disorder” remains in the ICD under that designation. “Transsexualism” is listed as one of those “disorders” in the ICD. Homosexuality and/or homosexual sex remains criminalized in at least 76 countries. In some of those countries, LGBTQI people can be executed or sentenced to life in prison. Others may use hard labor as a punishment in addition to prison terms. This is why days like today are important, as a reminder of how far we’ve come, but also the work we have left to do.

There are almost 200 authors/writers participating in this event. At the bottom of my blog, you’ll see a link to take you to view other blogs. We’re all offering goodies in conjunction with this event, so if you’d like in on the goodies I’m offering (a $25 Amazon gift card and one of my books), then go on over and answer the question I’ve asked in the blog. And check out the blogs of other authors participating. You might just discover a new writer.

Here’s the link to my blog.

Thanks.

Happy Friday, too. 🙂