International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is held worldwide each year on May 17th. The purpose of the day is to encourage inclusion of LGBT people in society: at home, at school and at work. Organizations can use this day to educate colleagues about the LGBT community and raise awareness of homophobia and transphobia. The day May 17 was selected because it marks the date that homosexuality was formally removed from the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization in 1990.
Today, we are delighted to have a guest blog entry from Ron Puccini, Senior Manager, Diversity with TD Bank Group who talks about how TD is marking the day.
“I am very pleased to share with you a video called “Make it Better” that TD has released in support of the LGBT community. In the seven-minute piece, TD employees are joined by our President, Ed Clark to bring attention to the issue of bullying – which many LGBT youth are facing today. This video is TD’s contribution to the “It Gets Better” video campaign, which was created to help remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone. TD has a long history of visibly supporting the LGBT community, including our sponsorship of pride events and other LGBT events across North America. We think this video aligns with our values, as well as our commitment to make an impact in the communities where we do business.”