International Day Against Homophobia
17 February 2011
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia will be celebrated on 17 May 2011.
Events and initiatives will take place in many countries and on many different issues. All these activities are a strong signal to decisions makers, public opinion, civil rights movements, and human rights defenders, throughout the world that the fight for our Rights as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, people is vibrant!
The Day has been officially recognised by Mexico, Costa Rica, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, the European Parliament, and the list keeps getting longer every year.
- There are still 77 countries where being gay is a crime and many religious movements perpetuate the negative connotations demonstrating the harsh world that many gay people have to suffer while trying to lead a 'normal' life. In some countries people dare not show their face, as the likely consequence will be a severe beating or worse.
The CWU’s LGBT Advisory Committee has made the IDAHO issue a key priority for the last four years. It has organised demonstrations outside various foreign Embassy’s that are known to be hostile to the LGBT community.
On 17 May 2011 the LGBT Advisory Committee have organised a touching memorial to be unveiled in the gardens of the CWU Education Centre at Alvescot. The Memorial will consist of a special monolith stone. There will also be some poignant words prepared on a permanent plaque.