International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia

Published: April 25, 2012

With just three weeks to go until the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, action planning is well under way all around the world! From festivals to flash mobs and rallies to public forums, there is no end to the diversity and sheer scope of creative and innovative activities being planned in what is sure to be the biggest and best IDAHO yet!

No matter where you live, there is sure to be an IDAHO event happening somewhere in your region! Here are just some of the many exciting events that will take place. For a full list of all IDAHO activities, check out our website at www.dayagainsthomophobia.org. And don’t forget to share with us the events you have planned! Join us in making this an unforgettable celebration of global unity in the fight against homophobia and transphobia!

• In the Philippines, Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch is organizing a march to the Commission of Human Rights on May 17 to present an updated list of murdered Filipino LGBTs. They will also call on the government to end hate crimes against LGBTs in the Philippines: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

• Also in the Philippines, the Metropolitan Community Church of Quezon City – in conjunction with Ladlad LGBT Partylist and Mentourque Productions – is holding the third annual Flores De Mayo LGBT Pride march in Manila on May 19: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

• Sri Lankan LGBT organization EQUAL GROUND is holding an IDAHO poster competition, giving people the opportunity to win a cash prize for the most innovative and creative submission. The winning poster will also be named the campaign poster of 2013: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

• Taiwan’s GDi LGBT Health Culture Center (formerly Taichung Rainbow Paradise) is organising a series of activities throughout April until May 26 as part of an extended IDAHO celebration: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

• Moroccan LGBT organisation GayMaroc has announced that they will launch a national campaign to repeal Article 489, which criminalizes same-sex relationships: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

• Haiti will celebrate its first IDAHO in 2012 with LGBT movie screenings and a conference on sexual orientation and gender-based discrimination in Port-au-Prince: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

• Italian advocates will again commemorate IDAHO with vigils of prayer for victims of homophobia and transphobia around the world: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

• In Australia, the Blue Mountains City Council continues its support for the International Day Against Homophobia with its annual civic event to raise the rainbow flag and promote an inclusive community: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

• Also in Australia, families across the state of New South Wales in Australia are being invited to attend a special family day celebration commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia hosted by the NSW branch of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

• Many events are planned across the UK,. All detailed info at www.idahouk.org :

o Fifty Merseyside companies and organizations will fly a rainbow flag or create a visual statement against homophobia and transphobia on May 17 as part of the inaugural IDAHO50 event: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

o The Centre for HIV & Sexual Health and Sheffield City Council in the UK are planning to make some noise for this year’s IDAHO. The One-Minute Noise on May 17 is designed to speak out loudly and clearly that homophobia and transphobia are unacceptable and have no place in our society: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

o Britain’s Communication Workers Union (CWU) will hold its first IDAHO Weekend School to commemorate this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

• For the fourth successive year, Changing Attitude Ireland is organising special church services to mark IDAHO. This year’s theme is "Moving Forward Together"/"No More Them and Us": http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

• The "Wipeout Homophobia on Facebook" initiative will this year again do a full day of action on May 17. The initiative will mobilise their 400,000 Facebook page fans and their one-million strong site membership: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

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