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Communities Join Forces To Tackle Homophobia and Transphobia


IDAHO 2014 will take place on Saturday 17 May 2014.

Communities from across Cleveland will be demonstrating their determination to tackle homophobia and transphobia on Saturday 17 May as part of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

IDAHO was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGB&T) people internationally. In under a decade IDAHO day has established itself as the single most important date for LGB&T communities to assemble on a worldwide scale.

There will be a variety of different activities taking place during the day including a balloon release in Centre Square Middlesbrough and an equality climb and picnic at Roseberry Topping, with events being coordinated by Middlesbrough Community Pride, Teesside University and Hart Gables who are based in Hartlepool.

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger will be showing his support for the LGB&T community by taking part in the balloon release, which takes place at 12:00pm in Centre Square, Middlesbrough.

Mr Coppinger said: "I am committed to ensuring a better deal for victims and witnesses, and particularly for vulnerable victims from minority groups such as the LGB&T community.

"I know from speaking to LGB&T communities that many people still suffer regular harassment and are not able to live their lives with the freedom they should enjoy. The police and our partner agencies are doing a lot of work to increase confidence in reporting and to improve the response from the criminal justice service when incidents are reported, and events such as IDAHO, which join whole communities together in showing support for tackling hate crime are key to changing attitudes and moving forward as a cohesive society."

Sarah Lewis from Hart Gables added: "The day is about raising awareness around the seriousness of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and the pain that it causes locally and globally. We also hope that by creating this event we can bring solidarity and unity amongst our local communities."

Danielle Gibson from Middlesbrough Community Pride said: "We are excited to work alongside Hart Gables to raise awareness of IDAHO day and bring it to the front of everyone’s minds that there are people across the world and even locally still suffering just for being themselves. We are hoping that Saturday 17th May is going to be a great day with several events taking place to give everyone an opportunity to attend at least one of them and come together as one community."


Posted on Wednesday 14th May 2014
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