Poster for International day against homohobia and transphobia 2017 about trans people : No matter the gender

No matter the gender

The 2017 campaign for the Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia highlights the realities and challenges faced by trans people.


No matter what gender they identify as, everyone is different and deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. Transgender identification has always existed. In Quebec and Canada, trans people have only recently begun to be legally and socially recognized. Although the laws have been improved in the last few years, the fact remains that prejudices and discrimination persist in all spheres of society.


Inclusion depends on the level of adversity or acceptance by the social environment: family or neighbours, the workplace or school environment, the world of health and social services, the sports domain, etc. This is why it’s important to act, educate and raise people’s awareness about trans people’s realities.

49 %

of Quebec and Canadian respondents witnessed offensive remarks towards trans people on social media over the previous 12 months.

Alors que les communautés gaies et lesbiennes deviennent plus acceptées par la société, la communauté trans, elle, reste toujours très mal comprise. Beaucoup de personnes trans font face à des accusations de ne pas être un "vrai" homme ou une "vraie" femme, d’être malade ou psychologiquement instables. Ces accusations ont pour origine la crainte, la haine et les préjugés. La transphobie peut souvent aboutir aux attaques physiques et à l’isolement social dû au rejet de la famille, des amis, du milieu de travail et de la société en générale.

It was in 2018 that the World Health Organization finally declared being transgender was not a mental illness



Gender identity

This refers to the way a person feels inside: like a man, like a woman, somewhere in between the two, or neither one nor the other. This private, personal experience is
specific to each person. It is not determined by one’s biological sex and can be different from the gender assigned to a person at birth.

Gender expression


Any negative attitude that could lead to directly or indirectly rejecting, or discriminating against, a trans person (transsexual, transgender or transvestite) — in other words, any person who does not conform to standards and representations of gender and sex.

"Biological" sex

This is what biology identifies as being male or female, based on the appearance of a person’s sex organs and their reproductive ability. However, the criteria to distinguish "male" and "female" bodies don't apply to everyone (see intersex).

This refers to the way a person expresses their identity towards others. For example, it includes behaviours that the person adopts (such as body language), their physical appearance (hairstyle, clothing, makeup, etc.), the first name or pronoun that they prefer others to use when referring to them and all other actions undertaken to express their gender to others.

Did you know ?

Since June 10, 2016, according to the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, it is forbidden to discriminate against someone because of their identity or gender expression

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