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GLN HOMOPHOBIA & BIGOTRY NEWS

International

Day

Against

HOmophobia

IDAHO, International Day Against HOmophobia — commemorated in much of Europe and Latin America as a day to protest anti-LGBT hate and discrimination around the world — is coming to Chicago for the first time this year.

Why IDAHO?

International homophobia ranges from anti-gay executions in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, government bans on LGBT people assembling in Singapore, Serbia and Russia, and anti-LGBT murders in whole host of countries around the world, including the United States.

International publicity and pressure can help reduce some of the worst of these abuses. Until recently in Warsaw, Poland, for example, Pride attendees (at most, a few hundred very brave LGBT people) were routinely physically attacked by neo-fascist thugs and then arrested by the authorities for good measure. Thanks in part to international pressure, last year the Warsaw authorities were finally forced to grant a permit for Pride, and over 20,000 attended as a result.

This year IDAHO in Chicago will focus on the dire situation faced by Russian LGBT people who, since they began having Pride nearly three years ago, have faced government bans, arrests and beatings by anti-gay thugs. Please join us for a march through Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood to raise awareness about the plight of Russian gays, and ask that people contact the Russian government to demand that it cease its attacks on LGBT people.

International Day Against Homophobia

Featuring Arsham Parsi, the Executive Director of the Iranian Queer Organization (www.IRQO.net).

Assemble: 3 PM Saturday, May 17

In the small plaza just outside of Women & Children First Bookstore

5233 N. Clark Street (one block north of Foster Street)

March Through the Community:

Step off at approximately 3:30 PM

Reception for Arsham Parsi:

Approximately 4:15 PM - Gerber Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville

Sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network
For information email LGBTliberation@aol.com



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