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OUT in AFRICA: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – May 17th

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Time:5/17 12:30 p.m.
Duration:2 hours
Location: Gay Rights Awareness Center on Brokeback Pride HQ

Host: Draghan Marksman and Maya Lockjaw

Cover: FREE : donations welcome to keep the LGBT Center alive

May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

For 7 years now the Brokeback LGBT Center has organised an intersim event to celebrate this very important day.

Deejay Khadija will entertain us for an “OUT IN AFRICA” party with two hours of the best music on the Grid.

Several exhibitions can be seen on the sim:

1/ LGBT Rights on the African Continent
2/ Posters of Pride
3/ Trangenders and Discrimination at the Workplace
4/ AIDS awareness
5/ Art Exhibion : Josh’s LGBT paintings

This event has become a landmark on SL. Come celebrate Human Rights with us. It’s THE event not to miss!

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is celebrated every May 17.
May 17 was chosen as the day of the event because homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 17, 1990.

The latest report that the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association, ILGA, released on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia 2009 confirms that no less than 80 countries around the world still consider homosexuality illegal, and that in 7 of them, homosexual acts are punishable by death. In almost all countries, transphobic laws limit the freedom not to act as socially determined by one person’s sex at birth.

So far, few countries have passed legislation at the federal level that includes full-fledged legal recognition for LGBT couples, including marriage, adoption, inheritance, or insurance rights.

Some of the countries that criminalize homosexuality also persecute it (sometimes violently), which has at times resulted in acts deemed “hate crimes.” In some of those countries, LGBT movements are vulnerable to state-sponsored harassment.

To contribute furthering LGBT rights, an initiative was developed in 2004 to create the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The main purpose of the day is to create awareness, which in turn provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion, other civil societies, or religious groups.

One of the stated goals of IDAHO is to create an event that can be visible at a global level without needing to conform to one or another specific type of action, as the sheer diversity of social, religious, cultural and political contexts in which the rights to express gender freedom and to engage in same-sex relationships need to be addressed, makes it impossible for a global campaign movement to take one specific form of expression or even one central policy agenda.

The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia reportedly seeks unity in spirit and diversity in expressions.

Some of the activities that take place during IDAHO have to do with drawing media attention to the the issues of homophobia and transphobia, lobbying for equal rights, organizing visibility actions, and connecting with other like-minded organizations.

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR QUICK RIDE TO BE A PART OF THIS IMPORTANT DAY.

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One Response to “OUT in AFRICA: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – May 17th”

  1. Avatar of Rocky Constantine
    May 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Looks like a great event. I would love to attend this, but unfortunately I will be at work. Thanks for sharing the news.