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Recap: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 18, 2010

Yesterday marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Founded by Fondation Émergence in Québec in 2003, IDAHO promotes the notion of an ideal world free from prejudices based on sexual orientation and gender identity. For the most part, events are organized by LGBT groups in individual countries. One particular event — the Great Global Kiss-In — was so popular that it was held in over 30 cities around the world, over the course of four days.

Below are just some of the other the ways in which IDAHO was observed around the world.

Image via The Associated Press

Activists in Melbourne, Australia held a “die-in” flash mob to protest violence against LGBT people.

In Brazil, ABGLT organized the 1st National March Against Homophobia, as well as the 1st National Cry for LGBT Citizenship and Against Homophobia

Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) hosted a week of events, including a ceremony in Santa Clara, a march in Havana, and an art exhibition celebrating sexual diversity.

Arcigay, an LGBT organization in Italy, launched a national LGBT visibility campaign called “L’amore vince sempre sull’odio” (or “Love always wins against hate“).

LGBT activists held a rally in New Kingston, Jamaica, protesting Jamaica’s legal criminalization and social stigmatization of homosexuality. No violence against the protesters was reported.

In Nepal, the Blue Diamond Society organized a media campaign highlighting the lives of LGBT people. The campaign culminated in the premiere of the documentary Beauty and Brains in Action.

Image by Andreas Solaro, AFP / Getty Images

Nigeria’s House of Rainbow Metropolitan Community Church sponsored a vigil in honor of LGBT hate crime victims.

President Anibal Cavaco Silva, of Portugal, announced that he will sign a law legalizing marriage equality in Portugal. It is unclear whether or not President Silva’s announcement intentionally coincided with IDAHO, but nonetheless, the timing could not have been more appropriate.

Russia’s RainbowFlash invited people to launch colorful balloons into the air as a symbol of LGBT pride. Cities in the Czech Republic and Germany participated in the flash mob as well.

In Sri Lanka, individuals and organizations flew rainbow flags in solidarity with the international LGBT community.

Did you participate in an IDAHO-related event in your community? Tell us about it in the comments.

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