Leading Manchester-based charity, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF), have announced their plans for this year’s International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) which takes place on 17th May, including a flash mob in Manchester City Centre and partnerships with Barclays and Gaydio.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is marked every year around the world since 2005 and calls for respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) people worldwide. It marks the date that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation on May 17th 1992.
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) will be marking the day in a number of ways;
Flying the Flag
‘Flying the Flag’ is an initiative that provides an opportunity to visibly mark IDAHO by flying a Rainbow Flag or taking positive action to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals and communities.
The LGF have once again teamed up with Gaydio and will be offering free rainbow flags for 100 of the station’s listeners to fly on 17th May. They will only be sending flags to those who come up with the most original place to fly them and are asking people to send in their pictures to email@example.com; via twitter @lgfoundation or facebook; www.facebook.com/TheLGF.
The LGF are also calling for people to be as innovative as possible and are giving away a special prize, provided by The Cooperative RESPECT Network, to whoever comes up with the most creative interpretation of the rainbow flag. Last year supporters sent in rainbow representations which included cupcakes, tattoos and face painting.
The LGF are organizing a vigil marking IDAHO, to be held in Sackville Gardens, on Friday 17th May; 7 – 8.30pm. There will be speakers and an opportunity to pay tribute and respect all those who have suffered intolerance and prejudice because of sexual orientation or gender identity. Attendees are encouraged to turn up on the day or can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kiss Hate Goodbye Flashmob
On Saturday 18th May a community ‘Flash-mob’ event will be held in central Manchester. Inspired by The Great Global Kiss-In which took place on the weekend of IDAHO in 2010, The LGF want people to unite against hate, intolerance, inequality and injustice in society by creating an atmosphere in which couples can show their love and affection for one another in a positive and powerful way.
The Lesbian & Gay Foundations’ Enough is Enough! ACTION against homophobia campaign is inviting everyone to show that love between people of the same gender is nothing to be afraid of. People don’t have to go for a full on snog, they can join in by hand holding, cheek pecking, hugging and any other (legal) display of same-sex affection. Join in the conversation on Twitter @lgfoundation #kissh8 or email email@example.com for more information.
Lesbian Avengers – Are we avenged yet?
Twenty years ago, a group of six women kick-started a movement to increase lesbian visibility and challenge bigotry. Using high profile direct actions and eye-catching imagery, the Lesbian Avengers recruited thousands of women worldwide to take part in highly visible street actions, culminating in 20,000 women marching on Washington for the 2004 Dyke March.
Two decades on, a lot has changed but lesbian and bisexual women still face homophobia, biphobia and sexism. This fun session will celebrate the women who fearlessly stood up for rights and visibility and encourage you to speak out about issues that matter today.
The LGF is inviting all lesbian and bisexual women to join them on Saturday 18th May 2 – 4pm for Are we avenged yet? in Manchester City Centre.
This year major financial services provider Barclays will be supporting The LGF’s initiative in a number of ways including a message on ATM machines across the country from 15 – 17th May as well as a poster in all 1,700 branches across the UK from 10 – 17th May.
For more information about how to get involved in any of The LGF’s IDAHO activities visit www.lgf.org.uk/flag or email firstname.lastname@example.org.