Across the world, May 17th is known as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. This day marks the anniversary of the removal of homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses by the World Health Organization (WHO). It was in 1990.
Since then, the LGBTQI community celebrates this day by glorifying their strong assets while remaining vigilant against homophobic and transphobic threats that continue to waylay.
Abu Nawas's activists take profit of this day to establish a finding - one of the worst - on the LGBT situation in Algeria. Indeed, the decision of the WHO - twenty-three years ago - doesn't prevent Algerian psychiatrists to treat homosexuality as a serious pathology. Our country is nevertheless a member of this global organization.
On this day, May 17, the Penal Code still imprisons homosexuals, the medical profession seeks to cure them and the social code considers them as a dangerous gangrene that must be extracted.
However, in our country, the most "lucky" repress who they are and spend their lives hiding in a painful tearing, others are daily publicly assaulted, some are imprisoned and raped throughout their incarceration without protection, those who stay, decide either to end their lives thus to their calvary, or end up being murdered. Abu Nawas Algeria makes this painful observation and promised to redouble efforts so that in this same day, in the years to come, Algerians LGBTQI will finally celebrate this day, as many other countries in the world, in freedom and dignity.
Published on May 17, 2013 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization