International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), 17 May

  • metta

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    May 01, 2014 6:10 PM GMT
    International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), commemorated

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    http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/


    International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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    around the world on 17 May

    11 countries risking everything to fight gay hate

    Cyprus

    The country is planning to host the first-ever pride parade after a two-week celebration centered around IDAHO. Sotiris Andreou, secretary with LGBT rights group Accept CY, told Gay Star News: ‘We are hoping this pride is going to be the push to visit same-sex unions.’

    Mayor of Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, will kick off the celebrations with a press conference announcing the plans for IDAHO and pride that will include film screenings, debates and parties.

    Paraguay

    The Central American country is hosting a huge kiss-a-thon in front of the National Congress building where same-sex couples go mouth-to-mouth in public to advocate for same-sex marriage legislation.

    The ‘Besaton’ will take place in front of the National Congress of Paraguay in the city of Asunción on May 19, 12pm.

    Burundi

    There’s only one LGBT center in the country, in the capital city of Bujumbura, where human rights groups will present their reports on the state of LGBTI rights and homophobia in the country,

    Because Burundi criminalizes same-sex activity, for gay men and lesbians, details of the organizers and event must be kept private.

    South Korea

    On 17 May, in Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, South Korean LGBT-rights organization Chingunsai will be hosting a photo exhibit called The Story I Cannot Tell My Mum. The focus will be on LGBTI Koreans’ childhoods and the secret lives they may have led.

    Another group, The Rainbow Action, is planning a flash-mob on 17 May, and transgender rights group Patchwork Project Team will be posting printed materials in Seoul raising awareness of trans discrimination.

    Egypt

    Particularly over the past twelve years, Egyptian authorities have been raiding private parties suspected of being frequented by gay men. In April 2014, four men were sent to prison after being found guilty of gay sex. The men were accused of dressing in women’s clothes and holding ‘deviant’ parties.

    For this year’s IDAHO, while events will be held throughout 11 and 17 May, with one day dedicated to trans rights, details must be kept secret for security reasons.

    Cameroon

    In Cameroon, male and female homosexuality is illegal and carries a maximum five year prison sentence and a fine.

    For IDAHO, religious and political leaders will be meeting with activists to discuss human rights violations against the LGBTI community. Because homosexuality is illegal, details of the events can’t be disclosed.

    Sri Lanka

    Equal Ground, an LGBTI rights group, will be premiering an IDAHO-themed documentary in Colombo and Anuradhapura. The events will be high-profile, as they are invitation-only for journalists, diplomats, activists and politicians.

    France

    Concerts, human chains and pride marches are set to take over various cities throughout France for IDAHO.

    LGBT homeless group Le Refuge will be hosting fundraisers and media events to help raise funds and awareness of LGBT youth who are out on the street.

    Indonesia

    From 8 to 22 May, IDAHO celebrations will take place across seven Indonesian cities. Discussions, movie screenings, lectures and a pride march are scheduled in coordination with universities, radio shows and women's rights groups.

    Switzerland

    From 9 to 18 May, an equal love campaign will take place on the transportation systems in Geneva. The city is also collaborating with local rights groups to campaign against homophobia in sport.

    Philippines

    The Philippines will mark IDAHO with a two-kilometer march known as the Flores De Mayo Pride. Participants will don extravagant gowns and carry various banners championing anti-discrimination and LGBTI rights campaigns. At the end of the march, the best-dressed will be awarded, followed by a massive celebration in the city of Quezon.


    - See more at: Http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/11-countries-risking-everything-fight-gay-hate010514
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    May 01, 2014 6:27 PM GMT
    International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), 17 May

    IDAHO - What an ironic acronym, same as one of our most homophobic US States.

    And am I correctly reading that there's only one site in the entire US, in Washington, DC?
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    May 01, 2014 6:59 PM GMT
    Day? I say a whole month! Oh...wait...
  • safety43_mma1...

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    May 01, 2014 8:34 PM GMT
    A day should be that way everyday of the year if u ask me
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    May 03, 2014 7:04 AM GMT
    MAY 17
    VIVA
    REVOLUCION!!!
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    May 03, 2014 3:22 PM GMT
    This is some very good news!
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 03, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidInternational Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), 17 May

    IDAHO - What an ironic acronym, same as one of our most homophobic US States.

    And am I correctly reading that there's only one site in the entire US, in Washington, DC?
    Probably Boise ID should be the other site of IDAHO activities since it is the namesake of that wonderful, western land of snow capped mountains, evergreen forests, potato fields, and NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLSicon_lol.gif