Leading Manchester-based charity, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF), announce their plans for this year’s International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) which takes place tomorrow, Friday 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 once again asking people to fly the rainbow flag in support. ‘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.
Darren Knight, Head of Policy & Engagement at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation comments “The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Flying the Flag initiative is a fantastic way for people to raise awareness of the impact that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia continues to have on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) communities. We have seen people worldwide take part, even in countries such as Iran, where homosexuality is illegal”.
The LGF teamed up with Gaydio and send out hundreds of free rainbow flags to organisations around the country for station listeners to fly on 17th May. 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.
They are calling for all supporters to send in their rainbow images; firstname.lastname@example.org; via twitter @lgfoundation #IDAHO.
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.
The charity is hosting a number of events in Manchester including 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 email@example.com for more information.
On Saturday 18th May a community ‘Flash-mob’ event will be held in central Manchester. 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 kissing flashmob will raise awareness of same sex affection. Join in the conversation on Twitter @lgfoundation #kissh8 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For more information about how to get involved in any of The LGF’s IDAHO activities visit www.lgf.org.uk/flag or email email@example.com #IDAHO.