Zero Discrimination Day is held annually on March 1st and is organized by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS). The day is recognized for UNAIDS to “call on countries to examine discriminatory provisions in their laws and policies and make positive changes to ensure equality, inclusion and protection.”

“On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS recalls the equal dignity and worth of every person, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is calling for action to change discriminatory laws and practices, which are a significant barrier for access to health and other services.“

Compete Sports Diversity honors the basic foundation for who we are with the hashtag #SportsDiversity because we recognize that sports represents a truly worldwide and diverse institution that brings together people from all different backgrounds, religions, nations, sexual orientations and gender identities onto so many diverse fields of play that all represent the same thing, unity and strength in diversity.

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While we might not have yet achieved true equality, there are a lot of people out in the world who are working hard to fight discrimination and advocate for inclusion. The first step that many of these people have taken is recognizing that discrimination does exist, understanding the extent of this discrimination and most importantly, speaking out against discrimination. Creating discussions and educational campaigns that work to combat hate, ignorance, fear and discrimination something we can all do.

This is a message we must all remember and continue to advocate for change on and off the field.

By Dirk Smith