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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia - May 17 

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) is celebrated every year on 17 May. It is a global campaign aimed at raising awareness about the ongoing discrimination, violence, and marginalization faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex people, and all of those with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. The campaign seeks to celebrate diversity and advocate for the rights of LGBTQIA+ people. For more information visit:

View the Official Communications Toolkit.

Based on this year's theme, “Together always: unity in diversity,” Chilean artist Sofía Miranda Van den Bosch created six illustrations that incorporated feedback from LGBTQIA+ organisations and activists from across the world who have joined the IDAHOBIT working group. We hope these illustrations will resonate with our communities and allies as much as possible. 

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Created by Fondation Émergence


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Alberta Research Portal -- gain access to the Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives -- they collect and maintain information related to LGBTQ2+ life in Canada.

Creating Authentic Spaces: A Toolkit -- a toolkit from The 519 to support implementing institutional and social change.

Every Class in Every School -- a report from Egale Canada Human Rights Trust evaluating homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in Canadian schools.

GLAAD Glossary of Terms -- glossary of terms with explanations, terms to avoid, and information on defamatory language.

GSA Advisor Handbook -- compiled by the National Association of GSA on how to make a safe spaces.

GSA Network -- a website dedicated to organize and mobilize LGBTQ and allies to make safer and healthier schools and communities.

Human Rights Campaign Glossary of Terms -- glossary of terms with explanations.

It Gets Better -- thousands of videos with messages of hope for LGBT youth.

LGBT Rights: Climbing the Judicial Steps to Equality -- paper by the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre which includes a history of LGBT rights in Alberta. 

Library Service to Special Population Children & Caregivers: A Toolkit for Librarians and Library Workers (2015) from Association for Library Service to Children 

Northreach Society -- provides education to community groups, schools, agency staff, organizations and businesses with a focus on: HIV; Viral Hepatitis; Sexual Health/ STIs; Contraception; Harm Reduction; Sex Trade; Gender and Sexual Diversity; Street Drugs; and Naloxone and Overdose Awareness.

Open to All: Serving the GLBT Community in Your Library -- toolkit from the ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. 

PFLAG Canada -- Canada’s only national organization that offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. -- provides links to information and resources, in Alberta, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people and allies. The website is focused on services for youth and young adults.

Homosaurus -- An international LGBTQ+ linked data controlled vocabulary.

Chosen Family -- A pair of Montreal comedians have conversations with well known and up-and-coming creators

Queery with Cameron Esposito -- Hour-long conversations between Cameron Esposito and guests to explore identity, personality, and the shifting matrix of gender, sexuality, and civil rights.

Sounds Fake But Okay -- A podcast hosted by an aromantic asexual girl and a demisexual straight girl talking about love, relationships, sexuality, and things they don't understand.

They & Us -- Join host Faith Fundal as they navigate the world of preferred pronouns, trans rights and the quest to be recognized for who they are.

Bi Pan Library -- a media archive dedicated to hands-on interaction with bi/pan/m-spec resources such as books and podcasts.

Building and Maintaining LGBTQ+ Picture Book Collections Toolkit

Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) -- identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world.

LGBTQ Reads -- A site dedicated to promoting curated LGBTQIAP+ literature for all ages.

Over the Rainbow Book Lists -- annual bibliographies of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content for adult patrons compiled by the ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

Rainbow Book Lists -- annual bibliographies of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content for youth patrons compiled by the ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. 

Reads Rainbow -- a blog dedicated to LGBTQ media

Stonewall Book Awards -- the first and most enduring award for GLBT books, sponsored by the ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

Ten titles for a Basic Non-Fiction GLBT Collection

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