A Message From Paul Martin

Publish Date: 14/05/2012


Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation:

This Thursday marks IDAHO (The International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia) which was launched in 2004 by a group of gay activists. The date of 17th May was chosen to commemorate the day the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in the early nineties. The day is an opportunity for all to fight for sexual diversity and gender freedom.

The response this year has been fantastic with over 90 countries worldwide marking the day by holding events or flying rainbow flags. As part of LGF’s ‘Flying the Flag’ initiative in support of the day, over 300 flags have been distributed to over 250 locations across the UK.

Whilst IDAHO celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals and communities, it’s important to acknowledge there is still work to be done and encourage people to take action against homophobia. Homosexuality is still illegal in 76 countries worldwide and punishable by death in 6. That’s why our Enough is Enough! Action against Homophobia campaign is so important. As it goes into it’s third year we urge you to join the movement and take action.

We want to hear what you are doing to mark IDAHO – get in touch and send us your rainbow flag pictures by emailing rainbow@lgf.org.ukor tweet us at @lgfoundation.

Thank you for your continued support.