I'm Corine and I'm a certified Couple & Sex therapist. Today is a special day. It's the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. This Day aims to celebrate sexual and gender diversity, and campaign against the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQIA+ people internationally.
This year’s theme is “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights.” Very topical if we look at what is happening in the USA. Because this matter also includes non-binary people, trans people and queer people, etc. Everyone has the fundamental right to make decisions governing their bodies, lives and futures, yet too many marginalized people cannot take that right for granted.
Still, more than one-third of all countries criminalize same-sex relationships. LGBTQIA+ people face prejudice, discrimination, stigma, hostility, violence. They are denied legal protections, essential health care, civil and human rights, including a right to bodily autonomy when forced to go through medical treatment or needless surgery.
It needs to be said, it needs to be seen and it needs to be aknowledged.
That is why this day is so important.
The world is full of different wonderful people. Some of these people are made to feel they are different or not normal. Belonging to a marginalized or stigmatized group adds significant challenge to a person's physical, mental and sexual health.
My approach as a Couple & Sex therapist is holistic and focused on the health and well-being of transgender, non-binary and gender-creative people. I provide therapeutic support and accompaniment to people with gender variance.
Whether you are questionning your sexuality, your identity, your gender, whether you are in transition, no matter what you are going through, you have the right to find safe places where you can have help and, where it's possible to freely explore your emotions.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is more important than ever!
Our existence is more important than ever because we are living our true self!
Let's lead the way!
Corine Rodrigue (She / Her)
Couple & Sex Therapist