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May 18, 2016

Global Love : No hate

Countries Celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT), observed annually on May 17th

“Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution, and discrimination – no matter who they are or whom they love." PM Justin Trudeau 
Miami Beach Gay Pride, the 7th Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade, which had run along Ocean Drive from 5th to 15th streets. Lummus Park, at Ocean Drive between 12th and 14th streets.

In the U.S., President Barack Obama said the country is committed to the principle that everyone must be treated fairly and with respect, but there is work to be done.

"In too many places, LGBT individuals grow up forced to conceal or deny who they truly are for fear of persecution, discrimination and violence," Obama said in a statement.

The president added that his administration has made "great strides," including marriage equality as a result of last year's landmark Supreme Court decision.

Let's share Global Love to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia.  Biphobia and Transphobia

 Modern psychology asserts 40 years of study indicates homosexuality is not a personal choice.
 Around the Globe 

 People hold rainbow umbrellas to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
 in the front of the Romanian Parliament building in Bucharest, May 17, 2016.
Meanwhile in Kosovo, a few hundred people held their first pride parade seeking acceptance and respect of their rights in the conservative society.

Participants marched under heavy police presence through downtown Pristina, and organizers said the rally was for "LGBT persons who could not be part of the march because they are surrounded by homophobia and transphobia in Kosovo."

Marchers carried banners that read "I am out, therefore I am," "Come out now, ask us how" and "Homophobia-free zone." Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci and the U.S. and British ambassadors to Kosovo also marched to voice support.

  In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced legislation to protect transgender people from hate speech and discrimination. The bill was to be officially unveiled Tuesday by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Trudeau said in a speech at a Montreal event hosted by gay rights group Foundation Emergence that "despite all the obstacles we have overcome, the battles we have won, and the victories we have celebrated, we are still witnesses and, in some cases, victims of injustices."

"We must continue to demand true equality. We must carry on the legacy of those who fought for justice by being bold and ambitious in our actions," he said.

International Day Against Homophobia is celebrated in more than 120 countries each year. It was created in 2004 to draw political leaders' attention to the violence and discrimination that LGBT people face.

Honolulu will pay $80,000 to a lesbian couple who sued the city and a police officer after they were allegedly arrested for showing affection in a grocery store.
In exchange for the funds, the pair — Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero — have agreed to dismiss claims against the city and Officer Bobby Harrison.
"The Department of the Corporation Counsel believes that the tentative settlement is in the best interests of the city," Donna Leong, the city's top attorney, said in a statement Friday.

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