Celebrate IDAHOBIT 2014 & The Rainbow Connection

Publish Date: 29/04/2014

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) takes place every year on 17th May, and this year The LGF is planning a number of ways to mark this important date in our calendar - to raise awareness of hate crime against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) people and to encourage reporting of hate crime.

This year, we’re launching a variety of initiatives for IDAHOBIT as part of our campaign ‘The Rainbow Connection.’ Why not be a part of it? We’re asking you to dust off your rainbow flags and fly them proudly over the weekend of 16th-19th May; get into the kitchen in our joint project with the Village Bakers ‘Bake The Rainbow, Share The Rainbow'; join us for a film screening of Call Me Kuchu on 16th May; come along to the now annual Hate Crime Vigil in Sackville Gardens on 17th May; and to use our brand new Hate Crime reporting web-app, which will launch in time for IDAHOBIT.

You can get involved, connect with us and with each other – whether it’s through sharing creatively, attending our vigil, flying a rainbow flag or using our dedicated Hate Crime reporting app – there are a variety of opportunities to show your support! Here’s how we’re marking IDAHOBIT 2014:


This year, we’re inviting businesses, organisations and individuals to dust off their rainbow flags and proudly fly them over the weekend of Friday 16th May – Monday 19th May 2014. We have a small number of rainbow flags available and we would be delighted to provide you with a rainbow flag (in return for a suggested donation of £5 to cover our costs and postage). If you would like to purchase a flag or share your flag pictures with us then please email: rainbow@lgf.org.uk


To mark IDAHOBIT, The LGF are hosting a special vigil in Sackville Gardens with guest speakers from the local community on Saturday 17th May 2014 from 5-6:30pm. This will provide an opportunity for the community to reflect and pay their respects to LGB&T people who have been affected by hate crime. Everyone is welcome to attend and after the vigil they are invited to join us for a complimentary glass of wine at Polari on Canal Street from 6:30pm.


The LGF, in partnership with the Village Bakers, are encouraging people to bake their own ‘rainbow’ based creations. Participants are free to interpret ‘rainbow’ in any creative way they see fit and to share their creations via social media channels. You could even bake and share your tasty treats with your colleagues or friends over IDAHOBIT and collect donations to help The LGF continue to provide support for LGB&T people who have experienced hate crimes. The Village Bakers will also be inspiring people to get involved and will be holding an event on Sunday 11th May, from 1pm, at The Molly House. You can find out more information by visiting: www.facebook.com/villagebakers

We've produced three fun 'how-to' videos with help from Joe and Violet from the Village Bakers! Click on the links below:

Episode 1 Chocolate Brownies: http://youtu.be/hfO5Wyp9uAk

Episode 2 Rainbow Cupcakes: http://youtu.be/UfoTkXE5RpI

Episode 3 Rainbow Biscuits: http://youtu.be/FGzyBI4D8vk

We’ve also created a collection of simple recipe cards for you to download and get baking!

biscuits - bake the rainbow

Download your Rainbow Biscuits recipe card

brownies - bake the rainbow

Download your Rainbow Chocolate Brownies recipe card

cupcakes - bake the rainbow

Download your Rainbow Cupcakes recipe card


The LGF Hate Crime Reporting web-app is a mobile phone optimised website, which enables people to quickly and easily (and anonymously if needed) report hate crime incidents. The app was launched to coincide with IDAHOBIT on Saturday 17th May 2014.

Access the 'app' from a mobile device at lgf.org.uk/report


The LGF will be screening Call Me Kuchu, a film about the late David Kato, one of the few openly gay men who dared to publicly protest state-sanctioned homophobia. David’s fight against Uganda's government and tabloids to liberate his fellow LGB&T men and women, or 'kuchus' will be picked up in a discussion after the screening with specially invited guests. This event is FREE to all and will be held on Friday 16th May at 6pm, LGF Community Resource Centre, Number 5 Richmond Street, M1 3HF. To find out more, visit: http://lgbt.foundation/whats-on/event-detail/?event_id=2318

You can also make a difference and help continue the work we do to support LGB&T victims of hate crime by texting ‘FLAG14’ and the amount you wish to donate (e.g. ‘FLAG14 £5’) to 70070 or by visiting: lgbt.foundation/donate

You can get involved in one, two or even all of these activities for IDAHOBIT 2014 so we can challenge hate against LGB&T people together – be a part of it!

Keep up to date with the latest news and events for IDAHOBIT by following our page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLGF and on Twitter @lgfoundation using #IDAHOBIT2014. You can also check out our picture gallery: www.flickr.com/photos/lgf/ and videos on: www.youtube.com/lgfonline