May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
"It's important to raise awareness because we still have a long way to go to achieve equality for everyone – Having a union means we are not fighting alone,” said Benjamin Castilb, a 1006OUTreach member. "May 17 is an opportunity to educate others on what the LGBTQ community has gone through and how people can be better allies."
Observed in 130+ countries around the world, this day is an opportunity for all of us to come together to end the discrimination, prejudice and violence faced by members of the LGBTQ in our communities and workplaces.
"Unfortunately, misinformation and hate still exists in our society today and we still need to do more to create safe spaces and acceptance across the board,” said Josie Barberi, a 1006OUTreach member. "Until we get there, we need to continue educating and advocating for equality. Having the union allows people to have a voice. We need allies and when we all stand together, it leaves no room for hate.”
"It means a lot to know my union is with me as an openly gay man fighting for equality for everybody,” said Ian Stables, an 1006OUTreach member. "The 1006OUTreach committee is important because we help spread knowledge and awareness about important issues the LGBTQ community faces every day. Everyone deserves the right and freedom to be who they are."
"For me, the support of the union feels like gaining a family,” said 1006OUTreach member Dani Hayes. "It's important to have a community at your back and a network of support. It helps amplify one small voice and turn it into something stronger, louder and more effective for change. All people should be able to live as they choose without judgement or fear."