Project Queer will be posting all sort of photos, videos, articles, and stories about IDAHO: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia today - May 17th.
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#FOOTY4IDAHO (by AFLPA)
“AFL Players have taken a pledge against homophobic language to highlight the damaging effects it can have within sport and the community.
To mark IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) on Friday 17 May, the AFL Players’ Association is running a social media campaign titled Footy4IDAHO.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Kenya, 2013. Police in Kenya have stopped people marching through the capital Nairobi today (17 May) to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
A permit had been issued to allow Kenyan LGBTs and supporters to procession.
But this morning police withdrew the permit just as the event was about to start on Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park.
Julie Jules, Out in Kenya community leader, told Gay Star News: ‘Basically the police stopped the procession because we would be seen to be “promoting homosexuality”.
‘Being homosexual in Kenya is a criminal offence currently according the penal code.’ (via Police shut down IDAHO gay march in Kenya | Gay Star News)
International Day Against Homophobia (by USattheUN)
Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has posted a video marking today’s International Day Against Homophobia.
Today, as we commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, we rededicate ourselves to a basic but essential truth – that human rights are universal and must be protected for all. Homophobia, sadly, is present in every corner of our world. And, it is a problem we continue to face here in the United States.
At the United Nations, the United States is standing up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and fighting to ensure that their voices are heard and protected. The United States was proud to co-sponsor and adopt an historic resolution at the UN Human Rights Council condemning human rights abuses and violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
We will continue to work in every possible arena to protect communities and promote societies in which everyone – especially LGBT youth – can live safely and without fear regardless of who they are or whom they love. We call on all nations and all peoples to join us in ensuring that human rights are universally protected everywhere every day.
A proposed new ordinance designed to protect the LGBT community in Pocatello, Idaho from discrimination in housing, accommodations, and employment, was rejected on April 18. According to the Idaho State Journal, the Pocatello City Council was deadlocked on a motion to approve the ordinance with a vote of 3-3 with Mayor Brian Blad casting the deciding vote to defeat the legislation. The outcome of Pocatello’s vote stands in contrast to Idaho towns Boise, Moscow, and Sandpoint, which have all passed similar legislation. But even more disturbing is the suspected influence of the antigay organization Heritage Foundation, which was able to secure time in a City Council work session prior to the public hearing on the proposed LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance.
In the past, the Heritage Foundation has not only championed the Defense of Marriage Act, but also pulled out of the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2011 because the gay Republican group GOProud would be in attendance. Nevertheless, while his ‘no’ vote defeated the proposed legislation, Blad left room for the possibility of a modified anti-discrimination ordinance in the near future. He’s ordered a work session for May 9 with deputy city attorney Kirk Bybee and the council with plans to introduce a new proposal at the June 6 council meeting. “I believe we can draft an ordinance that most people can accept,”Blad said.“My main goal is to bring the community together and it’s split right now.”
The 106-year-old transgender woman who addressed the first ever public gay rights rally in Burma must have seen incredible changes in her lifetime, from living under British colonialism to Burmese independence to military rule to the recent opening up.
At the first celebration of IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) in the Burmese capital Rangoon yesterday, a local youth brought the centenarian transgender woman to the stage during a section called Paying Respect to Seniors.
‘She was almost in tears,’ one of the organisers of the event, Aung Myo Min, told Gay Star News. ‘She told the audience how pleased she is to see this event take place in Rangoon.’
Aung Myo Min, from Human Rights Education Institute Burma, said the event in Rangoon was a resounding success. ‘It was very exciting and colourful,’ he said. ‘Youth wearing colorful outfits mingled with older men and women in traditional Burmese dress. Everyone was looking around, eager and excited for the first day of LGBT rights in Burma.’
The programme started with a speech by a well-known Burmese make-up artist. Ko Mar. He said that as a gay man in Burma he has struggled for acceptance. He encouraged young LGBT people to maintain a strong sense of self-worth and to fight for equality.
Then author Atta Kyaw spoke about homophobia in Burmese society. He said the media presents stereotypes of LGBT people which reinforces dangerous misconceptions. In movies for example, he said, gay men are comic characters rather than multi-dimensional.
The events in Rangoon and other cities in Burma went smoothly without any interruption from the authorities.
‘I am very happy to see this happen. I feel like the rainbow flag in Burma ties the event to others happening around the world. This event is a historic event that establishes the voice of the Burmese LGBT movement as one that will not be silenced.’
New survey says 77% respondents were victims of school bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity in China
A new survey released for IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) has shown that over three-quarters of gay…
The Pan American Health Organization came out strongly against “ex-gay” programs that attempt to turn gay people straight.
The PAHO is the oldest public health organization in the world, and the group serves as the World Health Organization’s representative for North and South America. On Thursday, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, PAHO issued a statement saying that reparative therapy is not only dangerous, but should be banned by the world’s governments.
“These practices are unjustifiable and should be denounced and subject to sanctions and penalties under national legislation,” PAHO director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago said in the statement. “These supposed conversion therapies constitute a violation of the ethical principles of health care and violate human rights that are protected by international and regional agreements.”
The group believes that these dangerous “ex-gay” programs serve no purpose.
“Since homosexuality is not a disorder or a disease, it does not require a cure. There is no medical indication for changing sexual orientation,” Periago writes. “Practices known as ‘reparative therapy’ or ‘conversion therapy’ represent “a serious threat to the health and well-being — even the lives — of affected people.”
PAHO listed specific steps governments can take to battle such programs; read about them here.
Today is the International Day Against Homophobia. Let’s use it to fight against heterosexism, transphobia, cissexism, and all other forms of oppression.
I am not one to use the words ‘homophobia’ or ‘transphobia’ often, but this is a pretty decent cause that helps raise awareness and education for LGBTQ issues around the word.
My two main critiques of IDAHO are:
- their usage of -phobias instead of heterosexism and cissexism, and
- their neglecting to mention monosexism - which affects multisexuals (i.e. bisexuals, pansexuals, queer-identified folks, etc.) Heterosexism is something that multisexuals can face, but only multisexuals can experience monosexism.