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Tsongas Marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17, 2017 09:41PM ● By Bill Gilman

Niki Tsongas

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas released the following statement on her Facebook page to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17:

Today, on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, I join my fellow members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus in reminding the LGBT communities around the world that we stand with them. On May 17th, 1990 the World Health Organization made the historic decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder and today more than 130 countries are celebrating #IDAHOT. Established in 2004, IDAHOT is a day to unite millions of people in an international show of support for LGBT rights. This day also draws attention to alarming human rights violations committed against LGBT people around the world. We must use the momentum of this day to continue our mission to recognize and advocate for the human rights of everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Here at home in the United States, we know that our nation is stronger for its commitment to defending the rights and human dignity of all people and that everyone should have the right to be who they are - wherever they are.
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