Each year on May 17, this day unites millions of people in a common quest for a better world – It’s the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
There are over 75 countries in the world today where it is a criminal offence to be gay. These countries punish women, men and children because of their sexuality and in seven countries the punishment is death.
An International Day Against HOmophobia (IDAHO) provides a platform for everyone to make a powerful statement to demand improvements for the quality of life for LGBT people. Last year actions took place in over 100 countries and this year, the pace of mobilisation is better than ever.
You can get on board and help celebrate this day in many ways. Organisers are inviting people across the world to organise marches, petitions, school assemblies and conferences for 2013.
Already reports of balloon releases, dance acts, picnics, kiss-ins, street theatre, prayer vigils, glow in the dark dance performances, candlelight processions, face painting days and even the odd fire eating workshop… and many more utterly unique events have been reported.
For further info, ideas for action and to report your event log onto www.dayagainsthomophobia.org.
To specifically join activists in more than 25 countries who are participating in the IDAHO Global Rainbow Flashmob, and to contribute to the Rainbow World Map, check out www.rainbowflash.org.
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