UK’s Lesbian & Gay Foundation calls on allies
To ’fly the flag’ for IDAHO Day, 17 May 2013
The Manchester-based Lesbian & Gay Foundation has just launched a series of initiatives for IDAHO 2013, including the Flying the Flag project, a kiss-in flashmob, and a special May 17th vigil against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
Flying the Flag is an initiative that provides an opportunity to visibly mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on 17 May by flying a Rainbow Flag or marking the day by taking positive action to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals and communities.
As LGF explain, “it could be a rainbow flag flying from a town hall, a library publicly displaying positive information resources for local people or a school taking part and delivering sessions aimed at tackling homophobic bullying – it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re doing something positive and visible; and we and other LGB&T voluntary and community sector groups can support you in doing that!”
Last year’s event saw over 250 organisations in the Greater Manchester Area fly their flag, but LGF also received images of flags flying from as far as the Middle-East!
You can download the 2013 Flying the Flag leaflet here.
LGF also announced yesterday a series of different events which will happen for IDAHO 2013 in the North-West of England:
* LGF will be teaming up with the community radio station, “GAYDIO” to offer 100 free rainbow flags to listeners, to be flown on May 17th.
* A vigil will be held in Manchester’s Sackville Gardens on Friday, May 17th from 7pm.
* A “Kiss-in Flashmob” will be held in Manchester City Centre on Saturday at 1pm (place to be decided).
* The Lesbian Avengers will also be holding a fun session – perhaps with the odd bit of fire eating – around the date!
More info about all of these events can be found here.
For further info and resources, or to spread the word about your May 17th event, contact The Lesbian & Gay Foundation on 0845 3 30 30 30 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for more general ideas for action about how to connect to IDAHO 2013, you can also log on to www.rainbowflash.org/ideas-f....
For IDAHO Day events around the country please go to:
Outreach Cumbria will be circulating a rainbow image to its equality partners to be used as a screensaver on IDAHO Day, 17 May 2013
Flags will be flying from a prominent building in Barrow In Furness on 17 May, and flags are available from Friends & Supporters of the Furness LGBT Community, c/o CADAS, 52 Paradise Street, Barrow In Furness.