On Monday the 17th May 2010, over 200 people gathered in the Sheffield Peace Gardens to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
Co-ordinated by the Centre for HIV & Sheffield City Council, a number of key speakers from both civil society and local and national authorities were present to pledge their support and to call for an end to homophobia and transphobia.
Speakers at the event included:
Steve Slack, Director of the Centre for HIV & Sexual Health
Cllr Paul Scriven, Leader of Sheffield City Council
Carol Robson, Trainer and Consultant
Superintendant Rachel Barber from South Yorkshire Police
Young people from the youth empowerment project GLOBAL
Cllr Jillian Creasy from the Sheffield Green Party
Claire Donnelly, Sheffield City Council
Graham Jones from Amnesty International
The Very Reverend Peter Bradley, Dean of Sheffield Cathedral
And Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and one of the MPs of the region, supported the event :
“The International Day Against Homophobia is a campaign that remains incredibly important and has grown in status since it was first launched. The work that IDAHO does to raise awareness of homophobia and prejudice is vital and I am once again proud that the campaign is being represented in Sheffield by the Centre for HIV & Sexual Health in addition to Sheffield City Council. We must never tolerate homophobic prejudice or bullying in any form and so I am delighted to lend my support to the work of this campaign.”
The event culminated with the rally of a ‘One-Minute Noise’ where attendees were invited to blow whistles, bang drums, and make some noise to speak out clearly that homophobia and transphobia will not be tolerated; and then closed with a fitting performance of ‘Singing For Our Lives’ by Out Aloud, Sheffield’s only LGBT Choir and the Socialist Choir.