idahoThe International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is celebrated every May 17 around the world. It is coordinated by the Paris based “IDAHO Committee” founded and presided by French academics, Louis-Georges Tin. It is celebrated in more than 50 countries in the world, and recognised officially by the European Union, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Mexico, Costa-Rica, etc.

The international day against homophobia aims to coordinate international events to call respect for lesbians and gays worldwide. Unlike the LGBT Pride Day, which is meant to emphasise proudness of one’s sexuality and refusal to be ashamed of it, IDAHO is held to highlight:

“that in reality it is homophobia that is shameful and must be deconstructed in its social logic and fought against openly”.

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 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia will be celebrated in Ireland this May with a number of special events:

So first off on Sunday 16th May 2010:

Changing Attitude Ireland invites you to attend a service to mark IDAHO

Belfast: St. George’s Church High St, 3pm Speaker: Colin Flinn

Dublin: Christ Church Cathedral, 3.30pm Speaker: Ciaran O Mathuna

Cork: St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, 7pm Speaker: Richard O’Leary

The service has the theme of “OPEN DOORS”. You are welcome to come with friends and family.

CAI is a Church of Ireland organisation with ecumenical friends, working for the full affirmation of lesbian and gay persons within the Churches.

Then on Monday 17th May 2010:

The Rainbow Project presents Lady Portia Di Monte at The Shoe Factory in Belfast from 9pm – late.

The evening is a celebration of IDAHO with a free drinks reception from 9pm, a cabaret and games and prizes. Free entry, everyone welcome.

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