IDAHOT is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and is observed each year on May 17th. It aims to raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.
Last year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, in New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Cartoon Called Life published last year a series of 18 cartoons to pay a tribute to unconditional love and some heroes of the Stonewall riots. MARSHA P. JOHNSON & SILVIA RIVERA, two transgender women of colour, were the main activists in the Stonewall rebellion on 28 June 1969, but this series of artworks is also an hommage to every single person who contributed to make the life that we are living today better.
We should never forget that, even if there are many fights still to be fought, the freedom we can enjoy in many countries today is a direct result of the sacrifice done by others before us and nothing can ever be taken for granted. It is not over, but if we are all together, love will always win!
Watch the slideshow "50 years of Stonewall" published last year hereunder.