17th May: Take Action

Publish Date: 10/05/2012


IDAHO 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 1990. The day is an opportunity for all to fight for sexual diversity and gender freedom.

We are urging people to take action on this day by flying a rainbow flag at their home, work or school and join our Enough is Enough! campaign to take action against homophobia.

Paul Martin, OBE, Chief Executive of the LGF comments; “Homosexuality is still illegal in 76 countries worldwide and punishable by death in 6. It’s important we not only use this day to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals and communities but acknowledge there is still work to be done and encourage people to take action in order to tackle homophobia”

Our Enough is Enough! Action Against Homophobia campaign was launched on IDAHO 2010 and aims to encourage people to take action to tackle homophobia. Supported by celebrities including Sir Ian McKellen and Anthony Cotton it has over 20,000 ambassadors and has reached over 1.5 million people. As part of the campaign, Safer Schools Packs have been given out to over 500 schools across the UK aiming to tackle homophobia in schools. Sign up to the campaign at lgbt.foundation/enough or www.facebook.com/LGFEIE

Media students from the Manchester College have produced videos to promote the campaign and supporters have been voting for their favourite. The videos have received over 10,000 views so far and the two winners will be announced on the 17th May and will be used as the official campaign video. Robert, one of the students comments “It was great to work on the project, it was something I felt very passionate about. We all got behind it and thought ‘this isn't right, let’s do something about it’”.

Roger Crouch, whose story touched the nation, has supported Enough is Enough! especially the safer Schools Packs. Back in 2010 Roger’s son Dominic committed suicide after being subject to gay rumours and homophobic bullying. Roger became an inspirational campaigner and was named Hero of the Year by Stonewall in November 2011. Sadly the loss of Dominic proved too much and Roger himself committed suicide only weeks after receiving the award. Roger wife Paola still desperately wants to tackle homophobic bullying and save other children from Dominic’s experience. Watch Roger speak out here.

This IDAHO will be the biggest yet with over 90 countries taking part putting on a range of events and celebrations. Darren Knight, Acting Director of Business Development for the LGF, comments “its really important to take part in whatever form you can. Creativity is at the core of what we encourage individuals to consider when marking IDAHO. If you don’t have a flag pole, why not add an image of the rainbow flag to your email footer, or print off a poster and put it up in your reception area – it is about visibly marking and supporting the day.”

We're also asking you to get in touch to tell us how you feel when you see a rainbow flag by emailing rainbow@lgf.org.uk or tweeting us at @lgfoundation.

The Lancashire LGBT Centre will be flying the rainbow flag in many places across Lancashire but the main site will be Preston Town Hall. Debs Bradshaw, Chair of Lancashire LGBT Centre comments "Preston is celebrating the historic Guild year in 2012 and we saw this as a perfect opportunity to try to raise the profile of our continued fight against Homophobia, as Preston is under the media spotlight all throughout the year."

In addition to Lancashire LGBT Centre over 200 organisations in the North West will be flying the flag including Manchester Airport, Barclays, The University of Liverpool, Transport for Greater Manchester, Trafford Council, UCLAN, UNISON, Greater Manchester Police and The Co-operative.

For more information on IDAHO visit – www.dayagainsthomophobia.org