Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Did you know that today is IDAHO-day?

A newsletter from ECOSY, IUSY and a couple of other organizations reminds me that today marks the International Day Against Homophobia - IDAHO. IUSY Secretary General, Yvonne O'Callaghan, writes:

"It is exactly 16 years since the World Health Organization General Assembly removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders, ending medical homophobia. But legal and social discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continues, to a greater or lesser extent, around the world."

Scary, terrible and disgraceful, but true of course. Yvonne is also right when concluding:

"The organization of an official day for the fight against homophobia in each country will allow us to place our struggle within a campaign of solidarity with all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Persons (LGTB) around the world. But it is also a question of placing our struggle within a wider campaign for the defense of human rights."

Hopefully this call will be heard among ECOSY and IUSY member organizations -- it is about celebrating diversity and standing up for very basic human rights.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Jonas Ryberg said...

Borås was voted as the best city in Sweden for HBT-persons to live in yesterday. It's quite funny since our mayor (kommunalråd, översättning?) is from a far-right christian party, more extreme then the Christian Democrats.

17/5/06 10:01  
Anonymous Tom said...

Thanks for advertising our newsletter, I will shamelessly use your blog to advertise it a bit more. It can be downloaded via the following link:
http://www.ecosy.org/uploads/media/RED_and_Pink_May2006.pdf

17/5/06 14:51  

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