Fourteen different embassies in Croatia have called for more support with the fight against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. Today, the 17th of May, is International Day against these three phobias and the Canadian Embassy invited other embassies in Zagreb to mark the day, and including Chile who are the co-chairs of the Equal Rights Coalition, twelve other embassies arrived.
The main purpose of the May 17 mobilisations is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide, which in turn provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion, and wider civil society. One of the stated goals of May 17 is to create an event that can be visible at a global level without needing to conform to a specific type of action. This decentralized approach is needed due to the diversity of social, religious, cultural, and political contexts in which rights violations occur.
This year’s global theme is Alliance for Solidarity, and will focus on the need for solidarity among various minorities, as one group cannot ensure their rights if another group’s rights are neglected or violated.
The embassies of Canada and Chile, co-chairs of the Equal Rights Coalition, called on the diplomatic community in Croatia to celebrate the Day, and 12 embassies in Croatia accepted the invitation, joining forces with Rainbow Families, a Croatian NGO which provides support for LGBTQ couples and individuals.