Lewisham: The Black Staff Forum and the LGB&T Staff Forum are joining together to mark the day by screening the film Beyond Labels. The film explores black, gay male experience in London.
What is Idaho?
IDAHO (The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) is celebrated in a number of countries around the world, including the UK, to raise awareness of the experiences of people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and those Questioning their sexual and/or gender identity (LGBTQ).
May 17 was chosen for IDAHO Day as homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization (WHO) on this day in 1990.
How are we marking the occasion?
The film will be screened at 4.30pm in the Civic Suite, Catford.
We will follow with tea, coffee and cake.
We will gather around the rainbow flag outside the Civic Suite for a 1 minute shout out at 6pm. Please bring whistles, tambourines and voices to make a big noise.
We will then retire to The Catford Tavern for a drink.
Mark Healey, founder of 17-24-30 who has been selected to carry the Olympic Flame through Lewisham on the 23rd July will be joining those gathering.
He said “It’s really important as a local openly gay man to come out and support these events, and for our friends, families and work colleagues to join us too – to show that Homophobia and Transphobia is not acceptable in our communities any more. I feel proud to have been selected to carry the flame on it’s journey through Lewisham, nominated for the work that 17-24-30 does raising awareness of hate crime and encouraging people to stand together to tackle it. IDAHO is the perfect opportunity for people to come out and show their support.”
17-24-30 was set up in April 2009 to encourage the Black, Asian and Gay communities of Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho to come together after the London Nail Bomb attacks of April 1999 to tackle all forms of prejudice and hate.
What else is going on?
All around the globe people are organising their own events to mark IDAHO, check out this great resource site http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org/-IDAHO-english,41