Brighton & Hove marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) today Friday, May 17, 2013 with an event on Old Steine in central Brighton opposite Revenge nightclub starting from 6pm.
May 17 commemorates the day in 1990 the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental diseases.
In 86 countries globally, homosexual acts remain illegal while in many countries lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and those who identify as trans (LGBT) are often murdered simply for their sexuality or gender identity.
This years theme for IDAHOBIT is Mental Wellbeing.
The event will include:
• Performances from an LGBT Chorus and local entertainer Krissie DuCann.
• A minute’s ‘noise’ to remember the international victims of homophobic, bi and transphobic violence; (so bring a whistle, horn, bell, tambourine, trombone etc to make some noise!)
• A release of Balloons symbolising our ‘hope for change’
Speeches will by made from key personalities within the LGBT communities, including members from the Student Unions, GEMS (Gay Elderly Mens Society) Local Trans and Gender Identity Organisations, The Sussex Beacon, Allsorts (younger peoples LGBT group), representatives from local BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) Groups, Jason Sutton (Miss Jason), The LGBT Neighbourhood Policing Team and local activists.
The event will be officially attended and opened by The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Bill Randall with speeches from The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and Caroline Lucas, MP.
The City Council will officially recognise IDAHOBIT by flying the rainbow flag from Brighton and Hove town halls.
Refreshments will be provided by The THT South, Outreach Service.
IDABOHIT is this year organised by the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum and is an open and inclusive event that all are welcomed to.
More information on other guest speakers will be published on www.lgbt-safety-forum-brighton.com/events/idahobit/ as they are confirmed.