Friday, 14 May 2010

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

By Paul Canning

Hundreds of events have been scheduled across the world to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), 17 May.

Cuba will commemorate for the third consecutive year the International Day against Homophobia with activities May 11-18, announced Mariela Castro, director of the National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX).

The major Hungarian LGBT organisation Hatter, is organizing a workshop to celebrate IDAHO titled 'Rainbow families: the question of same sex couples and their children in light of political debates and international requirements'.

There will be more than 150 events mark IDAHO across France. Highlights of the programme include :
A national conference on Religions, Homophobia and Transphobia, with high level representatives of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim cults. The French Minister for Interior/Domestic Affairs will chair the conference that will take place in the Parliament building.

In Kenya, GALCK shall mark the day by presenting dances, and acting a play based on the Ugandan Law. IDAHO shall also be marked in at least two other cities in Kenya, including Nakuru and Kisumu.

In Solvakia Idaho day will be marked by the first Pride March ever to be organised.

Various Brasilian Ministerial agencies, Members of Parliaments, UN agencies and civil society organisations will come together on 18 May in Brasilia to discuss the perspectives of Human Rights.

In Cambodia, this year, a Pride Parade will mark the International Day Against Homophobia, with an extensive program of activities. In addition to the parade itself, the association organized Pride Cambodia also a whole series of events between 10 and 17 May.
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