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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

Posted April 30, 2020




International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia 2020
 
PFLAG London Chapter & Pride London Festival invite you to our annual celebration for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia on Sunday, May 17th.
 
With the current restrictions around public gatherings, this year we are going to celebrate together a little differently. More details coming soon!

 


How can you get involved right now? 



 
We are looking for video submissions to be included in some of our online events on May 17th
 
Some examples of what we are looking for:
-       Singing, dancing, drag performances, etc.
-       Spoken word, poetry, etc.
-       Happy Pride Messages from individuals, families, organizations 
 
Anyone interested in submitting a video should email IDAHOT2020@pridelondon.ca and a link will be provided to upload your video to. 
 
Videos should be no longer than 4 minutes and horizontal orientation is preferred. By submitting your video, you consent to it being used online by Pride London Festival and PFLAG London.

 


 #ChalkYourPride Contest
 
It’s time to show off your creativity! We want to see your rainbow chalk art creations! 
 
Create something colourful to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia or something that shows off your Pride!
 
Share your chalk art with us on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Tag Pride London Festival and don’t forget to include the hashtag #ChalkYourPride!
 
We will collect some of the most creative submissions and will invite community members to vote on their favourites. The photo that receives the most votes will receive something special from some of our great local businesses. 
 
Get creative! Get chalking! Get proud! 

 


What is IDAHOT? 

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
 
The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
 
The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
 
May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal. Thousands of initiatives, big and small, are reported throughout the planet.
 
The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia has received official recognition from several States, international institutions such as the European Parliament, and by countless local authorities. Most United Nations agencies also mark the Day with specific events.
 
Even if every year a “global focus issue” is promoted, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is not one centralised campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action, on whatever issue and in whatever format that they wish.
 
2020 IDAHOT Theme
 
The theme for the 2020 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is BREAKING THE SILENCE.
 
In our families, in our social circles, at work, in our sports clubs, for many of us our Sexualities, Gender Identities or Sex Characteristics must be hidden. We wander through most of our lives with the stigma of feeling ashamed of who we are.
 
On May 17, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia will be breaking some of that silence. This year again, tens of thousands of us will speak up. We will take the space that is rightfully ours, because our voices, our stories, our lived realities matter!
 
By all coming together on one global day, our “noise” will be so loud that all our LGBTQI+++ sisters and brothers all over the world who cannot speak up will hear the sound of hope and solidarity.
 
For more information about IDAHOT, visit: www.may17.org
 

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