Canada 2021 Country Page


Note on event listing: Due to limited capacity, we are not able to provide a comprehensive overview of the hundreds of events that will take place worldwide. We list on this site the information that was directly sent to us (without edits).
During the “season” of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which traditionally stretches over 10 days around May 17, we will report more extensively on social media on worldwide activities. Please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you are aware of any event that is not listed here, please send us an email.


Event: “Inclusive Pride Flag Crosswalk”
Direction: We will be painting a permanent, inclusive rainbow at the front of our high school (Royal Bay Secondary in Victoria BC), to commemorate this event this year.  This initiative is supported by our school, district and facilities staff.
Date: Week of May 10th
Time: TBD
Info: Students will be participating in the painting of the crosswalk with the support of district facilities staff and teachers.

For the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia (IDAHOTB), Dignity Network Canada, along with our member organization BlackCAP is organizing a virtual panel discussion with Black leaders from a number of national LGBTIQ human rights organizations from Canada, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and the United States. We are excited to have Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah (Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity), Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (Kaleidoscope Trust, UK), Marie Ricardo (COC Nederland) and Alphonso David (Human Rights Campaign, USA) in conversation with our Board Member, Kimahli Powell (Rainbow Railroad). This event is partly sponsored by the British High Commission to Canada and the Embassy of the Netherlands to Canada.

We hope that this will be a really interesting and important conversation on intersectionality and transnational solidarity – and what it means for these leaders and their organizations during these times. Please join us and feel free to share this invite with others in your networks who might be interested in this conversation with five important movement leaders in their respective countries.
Please see PDF poster below with embedded link to register, or just go to:

Event: Stingray’s against Homophobia, Transphobia & Bipohbia
Direction: Weymouth, Nova Scotia

To show that there are more Allys than Homophobic people in the school.
Date: May 17
Time: Throughout the school day
Info: LGBTQ trivia all week
Amnesty International activity
Handing out buttons and masks

Event: Pride At Work Canada IDAHOTB Video Campaign
Date: 17 May to 21 May 2021
Time: 17 May 12am EST to 22 May 12am
Info: The Communications team at Pride At Work Canada is looking to put together a video campaign for sharing on social media during the week from May 17 to May 21 2021 to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and we would like your support!
Our theme for the Day and the week is all about “Making the right choice”. Without doubt, we all are aware of the violence, ostracization, discrimination, bullying, abuse that the LGBTQ2+ community is facing, till this day because of certain people choosing to not be aware of the community and choosing to be homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic.
Let us stand together to fight against this atrocity and make the right choice to educate, learn and encourage the wider society to become effective visible allies to the LGBTQ2+ community in Canada.

In response to this theme and moment in time, we are asking all staff, board and volunteers to submit a short video (10-30secs) responding to the question: “Why do you stand against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia?” –  in English or French.

Event: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia Livestream Event
Direction: Where: Facebook Livestream:
Who: Open to everyone
Cost: FREE
Date: May 17th 2021
Time: 2:00-3:30PM (MDT)
Info: You are invited to join us for our International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia Livestream Event. This event will feature songs, prayers, stories and reflections from Two-spirit & LGBTQ+ folks and their experiences around Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. We will hear about how inclusion and acceptance within society and within the Church helps to end homophobia, transphobia, & biphobia, how folks have overcome these challenges, and what allies can do to help support the Two-spirit & LGBTQ+ communities.

The Quebec-based Fondation Emergence launches its annual May17 campaign which focuses on violence against LGBTQI+ people everywhere, including in Canada. Find out more and how you can participate on the organisation’s site. Trigger warning: graphic content

Event: IDAHOT 2021: Policing, Systemic Racism & The Impact On TQBIPOC Communities
Direction: This year’s event will include a timely and compelling panel discussion focused on addressing policing, systemic racism and the impact on TQBIPOC (Trans, Queer, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) lives & communities.
Date: May 17th, 2021
Time: 7pm-9pm
Info: This International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, join us for a timely and compelling panel discussion focused on addressing policing, systemic racism and the impact on TQBIPOC (Trans, Queer, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) lives & communities.

Following the conversation, there will be a Q/A session.

Featuring prominent voices from the TQBIPOC community, including:
Marisa Grant (co-moderator)
Jordan Thorne (co-moderator)
Rosalyn Forrester (panelist)
Moka Dawkins (panelist)
Monica Forrester (panelist)

Cost: Free

Donations are welcome. All proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter Toronto, Maggie’s Toronto and PASAN.

link to the Eventbrite listing:

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia is celebrated on May 17, a date to commemorate the 1990 decision to remove homosexuality from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization. Join the Stephen Lewis Foundation for a conversation about the role of global solidarity in championing health and human rights. At Global Solidarity to End Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, you’ll hear diverse perspectives from community-based organizations in East Africa and Canada that are addressing the impacts on these marginalized communities. Virtual, Wednesday, May 12, 9 a.m. Free/register at

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