Thursday, 14 May 2009

Blow the Whistle on Homophobia

I've had the press release/circular forwarded on to me about the Newcastle event as aprt of IDAHO (International Day Aginst Homophobia) which is this coming Saturday. I've reproduced the details below:
There are 77 countries in the world today where it is still a criminal offence to be gay. These countries punish women, men and children because of their sexual orientation and in seven countries the punishment is death. Even in countries like the UK where it is not a criminal offence to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender we still face homophobia, transphobia and discrimination.

International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) provides a platform for everyone to make a powerful statement to demand improvements for the quality of life for LGBT people both overseas and here in the UK. It can be used to raise awareness of homophobic issues that are negatively impacting on people’s lives and to showcase success stories where a positive change has been achieved.

Newcastle’s LGBT Issues Network plan to hold our annual event: ‘Blow The Whistle On Homophobia’ on Saturday 16th May at 12 noon. The event will be at Monument, Newcastle, with an information stall, music and a speaker who will call on participants to make ‘one minute’s noise’ to demand an end to homophobia.

Everyone can take part: they just need to turn up with bells, whistles, drums and any other noisy method to get people’s attention!

This will be followed by a film showing, music and refreshments at the Side Cinema from 1pm. We will be showing Stand up To Hatred, a film celebrating LGBT community action in the North East and Against A Trans Narrative, which was internationally previewed at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival last month.

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