International Day Against Homophobia
- Suzanne Black
- 7 May 2007
Worldwide, Thu 17 May, <strong><a href=http://www.idaho.org.uk>www.idaho.org.uk</a></strong>
(Picture - Idaho © LGBT Youth Scotland)
Created because homosexual acts are still punishable by law in over 70 countries, International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) involves events around the world. The day also offers the opportunity to look closer to home for a wee round up of the LGBT provisions in our cities.
In the capital the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing (9 Howe Street, 523 1100, www.lgbthealth.org.uk) holds regular groups and sporting activities. Currently they are recruiting artists for an exhibition project, organising a mental health and wellbeing programme for later in the year and asking LGBT people to contribute to a survey of LGBT needs (visit shout.to/lgbtheath). The Edinburgh LGBT Centre (58a-60 Broughton Street, 556 9471, www.edinburghlgbtcentre.org.uk) is the hub of the Pride Scotia operations and offers meeting space to community groups.
Clydeside, the Glasgow LGBT Centre (552 4958, www.glgbt.org.uk) has moved to a new des res at 84 Bell Street with the same extensive range of meeting groups for those LGB and T with a full relaunch in the pipeline. Throughout the country LGBT Youth Scotland (www.lgbtyouth.org.uk) provides volunteer, social and support groups, a Youthline (Tuesdays 7.30?"9pm, 0845 113 0005) and an outreach programme. For IDAHO teams will be in Buchanan Street, Glasgow and Waverley and Glasgow Central stations.
A vigil has also been organised by Queer Women’s Action and the Order of Perpetual Indulgence, Convent of Dunn Eideann in remembrance of victims of homophobic attacks and in celebration of those who work towards change (www.thesisters.org.uk).