I don't wanna hide, I just wanna stay free
To be me I don't wanna win,
I don't wanna lose I don't wanna play,
I just wanna remember
Oh, I'm my name
Once again, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia will be marked by hundreds of events across all continents and will witness some historic initiatives.
Projects to join, projects to watch out for – a glimpse of diversity !
In Turkey, LGBT and Human Rights organizations have put together an impressive week-long program, including Pride marches in different cities and an international congress on May 15/16, that will witness the presence of several European MPs, members of the LGBT intergroup, several Ambassadors and representatives of the international Human Rights community. The renowned queer feminist writer and philosopher Judith Butler will be holding a conference as part of the program. Find all the details on www.antihomofobi.org
This year again, Cambodia Pride will mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with a vast programme of activities. Alongside the Pride march itself, Cambodia Pride is organising an impressive series of events between the 10th and the 17th of May to celebrate IDAHO. Check the detailed programme on http://www.phnompenhpride.
Havana, the brand new site dedicated to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Israel, is born. Check out all that is happening around the country and stay in touch with the IDAHO Israel team at http://www.havana.org.il/
More than 150 events mark IDAHO across France, including a national conference on Religions, Homophobia and Transphobia, with high level representatives of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim faiths, and the launch of a National Campaign against Homophobia in all secondary schools across the country. Check out the Campaign website for more info on this.
In Romania, the LGBT festival GayFest starts right on 17th of May and will be placed under the sign of IDAHO
The programme in in English and in Romanian at www.gay-fest.ro
In Kenya, this year GALCK will mark the day once more by reaching out to the public to try to change misconceptions and misrepresentations of LGBT people. As part of the program Galck member organisations will be 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 Russia, 17 May 2010 will be the day GayRussia applies officially to the Mayor of Moscow for permission to organise the Jubelee 5th Moscow Pride on 29 May. GayRussia will also celebrate its 5th anniversary on 17 May.
At the same time, GayRussia will support organisations in Belarus for the Slavic Pride that is planned to take place for IDAHO in Minsk
Still in Russia, . organisations who launched last year the Rainbow Flashmob initiative have this year expanded their initiative to the Czeck Republic and various cities across Germany and invite more cities and countries to join in. Check participating cities on the RainbowFlash 2010 Google Map.
More info to join this initiative on the Flashmob webite
In Germany still, the anti-homophobia project Maneo is once more gearing up for IDAHO with a special edition of its traditional Kiss-in, this year as part of the Great Global Kiss-in :
In at least 20 different cities in 11 countries, groups will come together to peacefully celebrate the freedom to love under the “Great Global Kiss-in” initiative. Individuals all over the world can join into this project by sending a videokiss message on gays.com//idaho or to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the UK, an impressive programme of action is once again on the IDAHO menu. Check out all the details on http://idahomophobia.org/wp/?
This year ILGA Europe will mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia by organising a public event right in the heart of the EU quarter in Brussels. The aim of the ‘Rainbow Buzz’ action is to raise awareness of the rights of LGBT people and promote objectives to advance the rights of LGBT people in Europe. ILGA Europe is also preparing an updated and amended edition of the Rainbow Europe maps, including a new ‘European Rainbow County Index’
In Ukraine, IDAHO will be marked by the Queer Week Festival. The goal is to create positive visibility for LGBTQ people and celebrate diversity. There will be a lot of different activities, such as photo exhibits and a film festival called “Different love. For more details about the Queer Week Festival, see the programme on www.insight-ukraine.org.ua.
More information is coming in every minute. Watch out for updates and check out www.idahomophobia.org for details.