What happened in May 2021?

17 MayInternational Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTBIT) : This day of awareness about the discriminations against LGBTQ+ people started in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality as a recognised health problem. 

19 MayAgender Pride day: this is one of the newest celebration and awareness day of the LGBTQ+ awareness calendar. Agender can have several meanings depending on each individual but as a whole, it means without any gender. Agender is thus for people identified as non-gendered. 

24 May – Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness Day to raise awareness about pansexual and panromantic people and celebrate them. 

UK: Prohibition of conversion therapy used to “cure” LGBTQ+ people. It was already banned in Germany and 20 states of the USA.

Chile: for the first time the assembly will be parity.

Cameroon: Two transgender women have been punished with 5 years of prison for “attempted homosexuality”. They were arrested in February and just got the outcomes of their trial. One of them, Shakiro is a famous YouTuber engaged in the LGBTQ+ cause. Shakiro and Patricia were also both fined an important amount of money which they have to pay or they will have to stay one more year in prison. The situation for LGBTQ+ people has worsened in the past few years and the two women are also in danger within the prison where they are assaulted. 

Ecuador: Guadalupe Llori elected president of the Assembly, a first for the indigenous party Pachakutik. This woman was jailed for terrorism and sabotage under the last president and now she has obtained an important leading position in Ecuador. 

USA: In Texas, the law on abortion has been restricted to six weeks after pregnancy. Abortion past this period is allowed in the case of a health emergency however not in the case of rape or incest.

Argentina: Indigenous women crossed the country to protest against Earth’s destruction. The organisation Movimiento de Mujeres Indígenas por el Buen Vivir organised this protest to raise awareness about the oppression endured by indigenous women because of patriarchy as well as the environment’s destruction. They walked across Argentina for two months to end up in the capital to ask for the end of terracide (earth destruction). 

France: Laurence des Cars, art historian, is the first woman to be head of the Louvre museum in 228 years of existence. 

Lithuania: Gay marriage has been rejected by the parliament.