Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, held on May 17 every year. It is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another.
Each year has a theme and 2008's is "Healthcare and Homosexuality." From the IDAH website:
Homosexuality is not a sickness. However, specialists haven't always thought so. For a long time, mental health professionals considered sexual activity between same-sex partners an illness. Unfortunately, prejudice is deep-rooted. Some people continue to think that homosexuality is a mental disorder while others mistakenly believe that it can be cured. Transgender people experience the same prejudice as well.