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Rights Activists Mark Small Steps Forward on LGBTI Issues in Their Countries

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May 18, 2016

LGBT rights supporters celebrate in Mexico City (AFPBB News)

Rights activists worldwide marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Tuesday, a day intended to draw attention to important LGBT issues around the world.

In the US, a civil rights debate has been raging over a flurry of initiatives targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities since a historic US Supreme Court decision last year legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Created in 2004, the day is marked annually on May 17 commemorating the declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder by the World Health Organization in 1990.

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is officially recognized in several US states, the European Parliament, and many local authorities, and is often marked by special LGBT events.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked the day by announcing and formally unveiling a bill protecting transgender people from discrimination and hate speech as debate rages over transgender rights in the neighboring United States.

Kosovo held its first-ever gay pride march, with a few hundred participants calling for acceptance and their rights in the mainly ethnic Albanian and Muslim society.

And in Mexico, President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed a constitutional reform to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

Read the rest at i24news

Related: Despite Catholic Majority, Mexican President Seeks to Legalize Gay Marriage (Townhall)

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