Courtney Gale is a graduate of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She holds a Bachelors degree in journalism.
Rock The Flag For IDAHO 50
May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), and companies around the world will be flying the rainbow flag in recognition. Developed by Homotopia, a Liverpool, England based arts and social justice organization, IDAHO 50 hopes to “create a high-impact stand against homophobia and transphobia.”
Homotopia, the queer arts and culture festival, which normally runs November 1-30 in Liverpool, will play a significant role this year for IDAHO’s chosen theme of education. Artistic director of Homotopia, Gary Everett said:
“‘IDAHO 50′ is very much a part of Liverpool’s DNA, and its commitment to social justice and equality. The day will raise awareness of our year long social justice programme helping to create a more cohesive and healthier city. Since 2005 our inter-generational and youth engagement programme has reached over 80,000 people and is growing.”
In order to bring awareness to discrimination issues around the world, many events are being planned in Asian or developing countries such as Taiwan, Haiti, and Sri Lanka where homosexuality is somewhat or largely frowned upon. There are also a plethora of activities in larger, developed countries like Italy, Canada, and Australia. Activities include, but are not limited to, marches, rallies, rainbow flags at half mast, and other forms of pro-gay significance.
In recognition of this year’s theme, many universities, including “Liverpool John Moores University, University Of Liverpool, Voodou, Liverpool Community College, Knowsley College, Merseytravel, and Jackson Canter Solicitors” will be distributing leaflets and some will even be holding conferences.