Welcome!

News Feed Item

World's Largest LGBTI Solidarity Event, International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia, to Take Place in Over 120 Countries on May 17th, 2014

PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwired - May 15, 2014) -

  • May 17 has been observed as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia since 2005
  • This year on May 17, demonstrations and acts of solidarity will take place in over 120 countries, linking LGBTI communities and supporters around the world
  • 2.8 billion people worldwide live in one of the 81 countries, which still criminalize same-sex acts.
  • 4.9 billion people, that's 2/3 of the world's population, have their right to information or expression around sexual and gender diversity systematically censored by the State.

May 17 has grown to be the largest annual celebration of the diversity that exists among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and all those who are stigmatized and discriminated against for not adopting the conventions of the majority in their expressions of sexuality and gender.

This year again, over 1,000 events will happen in over 120 countries. This mobilisation takes place in a context of brutal harshening of anti-homosexuality laws in certain parts of the world, as was witnessed recently in Uganda, Nigeria and Brunei. Our calculations reveal that 2.8 billion people (40% of the world population) live in countries which criminalise same-sex acts.

This year the global mobilisations will focus heavily on freedom of expression and provide a very important opportunity to remind our societies that the expression of one's gender identity is part of the most basic human rights. In many countries, alternative expressions of sexuality and gender are being censored through 'morality' or 'anti-propaganda' laws, with Russia providing the most recent example. 68% of the world's population live in countries which legally restrict the freedom of expression and right to information on the diversities of sexual orientations and gender identities.

Tamara Adrian, Venezuelan lawyer, trans and human rights activist, and chairperson of the IDAHO Committee, says: "There is an urgent need to reaffirm that sexuality and gender are vital expressions of human nature. Not only for sexual and gender minorities, but for everyone." As in previous years, it is anticipated that activists will face threats, intimidation and violence in certain parts of the world. Some events have already had to be cancelled due to public hostility, and interventions on the part of authorities. But increasingly, allies from outside of sexual and gender minorities join their voices to oppose censorship and repression, and May 17 provides a much needed opportunity to demonstrate the support of allies to the cause.

With actions taking place globally in various forms and with the most diverse agendas, ranging from fighting violence against the Nepali Third Gender 'Metis' community to celebrating Brussels' annual LGBT Pride March, May 17 allows us to celebrate just that: the sheer diversity of the global fight for sexual and gender diversities.

For Nevin Öztop, a leading Turkish human rights defender and board member of the IDAHO Committee, "May 17 provides a platform to highlight the diversity of expressions of sexual orientations and gender identities, and to deconstruct the lie that the recognition of this diversity is a 'Western' import. But [the day is] also to express what links all of these together."

Please refer to our website www.dayagainsthomophobia.org for comprehensive information and more facts and figures. Please follow us on www.facebook.com/may17idahot and www.twitter.com/may17IDAHOT. The main hashtag for the global mobilisation is #IDAHOT

Some 2014 Events -- full events listing and information available on the www.dayagainsthomophobia.org site

Speak Out and Speak Up campaign. IFEX, the global network for freedom of expression groups worldwide, in association with Article 19, the IDAHO Committee, Amnesty International and over 150 more organisations, have launched a major Global Call to World Leaders to protect LGBTI Free Expression, which is supported by a global Thunderclap campaign, expected to reach over a million people on the Day.

UN agencies will observe the Day. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will mark the Day with a special address. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will release a special video, focused on LGBT families. UNESCO will be promoting the 'Teach the IDAHO Lesson' education kit, to combat LGBT bullying in schools. UNAIDS director Michel Sidibé will release a video message. Many regional UN offices will hold special events.

Global Inter-faith Prayer Initiative. Gionata, the Italian Project on Faith and Homosexuality, is once again gearing up for a Global Inter-faith Prayer, in partnership with the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, expecting dozens of events in various countries.

In Russia public actions are expected to take place in at least 11 cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. This marks the biggest wave of co-ordinated LGBTI rights actions in the country since the federal government enacted laws prohibiting homosexual 'propaganda' in summer 2012. Azerbaijan will see an unprecedented series of events for IDAHOT 2014, with an online participatory art campaign, a sing-in and march for equality. In Ankara, Turkey, an international conference on LGBT rights and freedom of expression will precede the now traditional LGBT street march. Cyprus' first ever LGBT pride parade will be held at the end of a two week festival, which starts on May 17. In Germany, joint 'Rainbowflash' balloon releases will light up at least 6 city skylines. Actions are already announced in more than 30 towns and cities in the United Kingdom, where several members of the national parliament have also tabled a formal welcoming of the Day.

The Philippines will see an influx of events this year, including street parades, musical performances, street theatre and light shows, and many more. Actions will take place in at least seven cities in Indonesia. Highlights in Hong Kong include a candlelight vigil, community picnic, fund-raising night, trans rights awareness raising session and social media campaign.

Plans for May 17 are in the works in all major cities in Brazil, with over 100 events already confirmed, including a major national conference with representatives from the Ministry of Education. Activists will put on a mass kiss-in which will be held outside the National Congress in Paraguay. Venezuela will see a 'March Against Homophobia & Transphobia' in Caracas, where activists are also campaigning for official government recognition of May 17.

For May 17 in Mauritius, community groups are organizing a creative day and art exhibition, as well as a Rainbow Parade. In Cameroon religious and political leaders will come together to discuss homosexuality. An exhibition on human rights violations and a major community event will take place. Aside from diverse events confirmed in Johannesburg and Cape Town, in South Africa, progressive religious groups in the city of Durban are holding an 'IDAHOT 2014 Beach Walk for Freedom of Expression' on May 17.

Organizations from around the United States will come together through the Equality Pledge where community groups will reaffirm their commitment to global solidarity and international human rights discourses through various events that will take place throughout the continental US. Communities in various cities in Australia are gearing up for a big wave of events this year with a global participatory art exhibition on the universal theme of Love.

For more information please contact:
Joel Bedos

Executive Director

[email protected]

+33 664 71 59 21
(English, French, German)

Ryan Ubuntu Olson

Media Manager

[email protected]

+ 1 303 587-8126
(English)

Claire House

Head of Communications and Outreach

[email protected]

+55 21 2245-6241
(English, Portuguese)

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that CAST Software will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CAST was founded more than 25 years ago to make the invisible visible. Built around the idea that even the best analytics on the market still leave blind spots for technical teams looking to deliver better software and prevent outages, CAST provides the software intelligence that matter ...
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, discussed how AI can simplify cloud operations. He covered the following topics: why cloud mana...
Docker containers have brought great opportunities to shorten the deployment process through continuous integration and the delivery of applications and microservices. This applies equally to enterprise data centers as well as the cloud. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jari Kolehmainen, founder and CTO of Kontena, discussed solutions and benefits of a deeply integrated deployment pipeline using technologies such as container management platforms, Docker containers, and the drone.io Cl tool. H...
From 2013, NTT Communications has been providing cPaaS service, SkyWay. Its customer’s expectations for leveraging WebRTC technology are not only typical real-time communication use cases such as Web conference, remote education, but also IoT use cases such as remote camera monitoring, smart-glass, and robotic. Because of this, NTT Communications has numerous IoT business use-cases that its customers are developing on top of PaaS. WebRTC will lead IoT businesses to be more innovative and address...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, will discuss th...
While some vendors scramble to create and sell you a fancy solution for monitoring your spanking new Amazon Lambdas, hear how you can do it on the cheap using just built-in Java APIs yourself. By exploiting a little-known fact that Lambdas aren’t exactly single-threaded, you can effectively identify hot spots in your serverless code. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Dave Martin, Product owner at CA Technologies, will give a live demonstration and code walkthrough, showing how ...
WebRTC is great technology to build your own communication tools. It will be even more exciting experience it with advanced devices, such as a 360 Camera, 360 microphone, and a depth sensor camera. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Masashi Ganeko, a manager at INFOCOM Corporation, will introduce two experimental projects from his team and what they learned from them. "Shotoku Tamago" uses the robot audition software HARK to track speakers in 360 video of a remote party. "Virtual Teleport" uses a...
Translating agile methodology into real-world best practices within the modern software factory has driven widespread DevOps adoption, yet much work remains to expand workflows and tooling across the enterprise. As models evolve from pockets of experimentation into wholescale organizational reinvention, practitioners find themselves challenged to incorporate the culture and architecture necessary to support DevOps at scale.
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From planning to development to management to security, CA creates software that fuels transformation for companies in the applic...
As more and more companies are making the shift from on-premises to public cloud, the standard approach to DevOps is evolving. From encryption, compliance and regulations like GDPR, security in the cloud has become a hot topic. Many DevOps-focused companies have hired dedicated staff to fulfill these requirements, often creating further siloes, complexity and cost. This session aims to highlight existing DevOps cultural approaches, tooling and how security can be wrapped in every facet of the bu...
yperConvergence came to market with the objective of being simple, flexible and to help drive down operating expenses. It reduced the footprint by bundling the compute/storage/network into one box. This brought a new set of challenges as the HyperConverged vendors are very focused on their own proprietary building blocks. If you want to scale in a certain way, let’s say you identified a need for more storage and want to add a device that is not sold by the HyperConverged vendor, forget about it....
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pulzze Systems will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Pulzze Systems Inc, provides the software product "The Interactor" that uniquely simplifies building IoT, Web and Smart Enterprise Solutions. It is a Silicon Valley startup funded by US government agencies, NSF and DHS to bring innovative solutions to market.
With Cloud Foundry you can easily deploy and use apps utilizing websocket technology, but not everybody realizes that scaling them out is not that trivial. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Roman Swoszowski, CTO and VP, Cloud Foundry Services, at Grape Up, will show you an example of how to deal with this issue. He will demonstrate a cloud-native Spring Boot app running in Cloud Foundry and communicating with clients over websocket protocol that can be easily scaled horizontally and coordinate...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, presented the findings of a series of six detailed case studies of how large corporations are implementing IoT. The session explored how IoT has improved their economic performance, had major impacts on business models and resulted in impressive ROIs. The companies covered span manufacturing and services firms. He also explored servicification, how manufacturing firms shift from se...