A Worldwide Day of Protest Against Discrimination

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com May 17 2013 1:59 PM ET


Two young men kiss behind a rainbow flag during an International Day Against Homophobia march today in Changsha, China. About 100 people gathered for the event.


Police officers cordon off an area in central Tbilisi, Georgia, where members of the Orthodox Church and antigay activists gathered today for a counterdemonstration against an International Day Against Homophobia rally. Homosexuality is still highly stigmatized in Georgia, a deeply conservative ex-Soviet republic in the Caucasus where the Orthodox Church retains immense clout.


Georgian Orthodox Church members and other antigay activists demonstrate today in the capital, Tbilisi, in protest of gay rights activists' plans to stage a rally marking the International Day Against Homophobia.


An antigay activist in Tbilisi, Georgia, protests gay "propaganda."


Transgender performers in Nepal prepare for an event on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia today in Kathmandu. Nepal, home to Asia's leading gay and transgender rights movement, legally recognizes a third gender category on documents for transgender people.


A Nepalese transgender performer practices her lines before an event marking the  International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Kathmandu.


Performers make up backstage before the Kathmandu event.


Serbian activists in central Belgrade mark the International Day Against Homophobia with rainbow colors. Two thirds of Europe's LGBT people are still afraid to be public about their identity, and a quarter have been victims of physical or verbal attacks, according to a European Union report released Friday.


An activist in Belgrade, Serbia, observes the International Day Against Homophobia with a display of rainbow-hued balloons.


LGBT Cubans march against homophobia last Saturday in Havana.