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International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia

in WORLD, 25/04/2012

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...

• In China, many actions are once again being planned. Groups from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan will meet ahead of the Day to coordinate strategies and exchange best practice. A strong focus will be put on this year's global IDAHO theme of education, with the IDAHO Lesson kit being translated into Chinese, adapted to the local context and widely distributed. Organisations are working with UNESCO in Beijing on a forum with teachers to promote "Teach IDAHO lesson" and a safe zone program that advocates for a friendly campuses for people of different sexual orientation and gender identity.

• The international Rainbow Flashmob initiative will happen again this year, with initiatives already reported in Germany and Russia, but with certainly many more to be announced in the coming days and at http://rainbowflash.info

• Freedom and Roam Uganda is dedicating IDAHO 2012 to the bisexual community with the launch of a program that will specifically target bisexual people.

• In Burundi, the organisation MUCO will once again mobilize mothers of members of sexual and gender minorities to advocate against violence and for respect.

• In Belgium, the province of Liège will launch a leaflet about combating homophobia in education, in the workplace, in culture and sports, in health, in family, and in access to citizenship.

• In France, dozens of events are planned again this year. Grenoble and Paris are being particularly active. Detailed information is available on the French IDAHO site at www.idahofrance.org

• In Fiji, the Day will be marked by the country's first public LGBT march and a panel discussion on the theme of "Combatting Homo/Transphobia through Education".

• In Kenya, the organisation Women Working with Women will organise a football and volleyball tournament between LGBT teams and allies.

• In Hungary, the TransVanilla Transgender Association is planning to organize a workshop about transphobia in the LGB community to mark the lack of attention facing the trans community.

More reports to come in the next newsletter! We now have a new Twitter account: @may17iDAHO. Join us here and get all the latest IDAHO news and events from around the world!

Our 2012 campaign - "Fighting homo/transphobia IN and THROUGH education" - is well under way and attracting a lot of attention, discussion and ideas and action for change! The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the damage that homo/transphobia causes to young people, and that schools can be dangerous places for gender-nonconforming children and youth.

Check out our Facebook action entitled "Global voices against homophobic and transphobic bullying" (http://www.facebook.com/pages/World...), where you can post messages, tell a story and share advice on how to make schools safer. Also check out related initiatives through the tab labeled "Worldwide Voices".

Just a reminder that you can contribute to the visibility of this "Worldwide Voice"! Here are a few easy tips and suggestions for quick action. We hope you'll join us!
As an existing Facebook page or group or as an individual, you can:

• Inform your network about the action and send a call to action for your members to submit contributions. Insist on the fact that this is a global initiative and that the submissions are bound to be read by people in more than 100 countries.

• Alternatively, you can set up a specific action on your own Facebook page or website in relation to this international mobilization (our common ground should just be that initiatives are linked somehow to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and that they focus on bullying). Inform us about your initiative and we will feature it on the "Initiatives around the world" tab on our Facebook page, so people all over the world will know about it and will maybe join your action.

• In addition to the above, you can invite your members/fans to upload a pic-badge ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia to mark their participation. The global pic-badge we have developed is at http://www.picbadges.com/internatio...

• Invite your members/fans to disseminate the information and call to action their own network of friends.

• Tweet about the action and post it on your website, blog or other social network. For all these actions, you can use the logo of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia to signal your participation in this global initiative. It can be downloaded from http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org...

If your organization wants to engage in further action, some suggestions and interesting ideas which have been developed by existing campaigns include:

• Encouraging people to upload videos they have made in relation to the issues. This is both entertaining and engaging, and will attract more visitors to your site.

• Holding a live Facebook Q&A to discuss the issues. This can be linked to your Twitter feed, with excerpts from the Q&A posted to Twitter in real time.

• Conducting e-polls on the relevant issues. This will promote greater knowledge of the issues, generate broader discourse and initiate positive action.

• Having people sign e-petitions on the issues that will be sent to the relevant people and organizations.

• Holding a poster contest encouraging people to upload posters they have designed, on which people can vote.

• Holding a song competition encouraging people to write and perform their own songs, on which people can vote.

• Encouraging people to upload photos of themselves holding up campaign slogans and signs.

Whether or not you or your organisation has organised something for IDAHO, we would like to remind you that you can take some easy action for IDAHO which would greatly contribute to the global fight against homophobia and transphobia :

• Go to our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/may17idaho , like it and send an invitation out to all your friends to do so.

• Wear our pic-badge on you Facebook profile picture between now and May 17 (at least). It won't take a minute. Just go to http://www.picbadges.com/intl-day-a...

• Go to our "Worldwide voices against homophobic and transphobic bullying" Facebook page and leave a message there. It can range from stories about the good or bad things that happened in your school to advice to your former school or university on how they could have made things better. After May 17, we're going to edit the best contributions in a book that we might be publishing with UNESCO, with whom we are also organizing an international conference on this theme on May 16.

Your contribution can be in form of a text, a photo, a creative design, a slogan, a poem. Whatever works for you!

To do this in English, go to: http://www.facebook.com/VoicesAgain... In Spanish: http://www.facebook.com/VocesContra...

Please, do take a couple of minutes to be part of it. We'd love to see your contributions on the page!
 

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