IDAHO launch March 13th

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IDAHO launch March 13th

Postby Gino » Sun Mar 02, 2008 12:55 pm

As we prepare for our own IDAHO event this coming May 17th, Woking, Quake nightclub

We look to March and the official launch of IDAHO, March the 13th is set to become a night to remember and the platform to kick start many events around the world to mark IDAHO 2008, if your able to make this event please let Derek know and quote “Gay Surrey” on

IDAHO-UK Launch, Thursday 13th March, 5-10.30pm, University of the Arts, London, London College of Fashion, Rootstein Hopkins Space, John Princes Street, London WIG OBJ. Event is by invitation only

Government ministers, mayoral candidates, students and academics, national and international LGBT campaigners, a lesbian singer/songwriter, who according to one reviewer performs like “Mary Poppins on acid” are all gearing up for the IDAHO-UK 2008 launch event at the London College of Fashion, which will take place, on the evening of March 13th. Students on the Design for Graphic Communication course at the University of Arts, London have designed double sided broadsheet posters to encourage UK campaigners to arrange events for the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th, and the winning posters will be displayed at the event.

Derek Lennard, IDAHO-UK Coordinator, who has chosen the four winning posters, says that they are “very exciting and innovative”.
Appropriately enough, David Lammy, Minister for Skills and MP for Tottenham will be handing out the prizes to the students and making a speech at the event. He is joined by Minister for Equality, Barbara Follett, and Linda Bellos, former leader of Lambeth Council, who works on mainstreaming equality and diversity in the British Army and Metropolitan Police.

London Mayoral candidates are also well represented at the event. Neil Young will be reading a message of support for the IDAHO campaign and the event from Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London. Richard Barnes the Conservative Leader on the London Assembly, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor, and Sian Berry, the Green candidate will also be speaking.

Louis-Georges Tin, the founder of IDAHO will explain the priorities of the 2008 campaign, Pastor Kiyimba Brown will describe how he set up an IDAHO Chapter in Uganda, Ali Hilli founder of Iraqi LGBT will highlight the gravity of the situation for LGBT activists in Iraq, and Bill Schiller of the International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network will graphically describe the plight of the LGBT community in Belarus. Amnesty International will also be represented. Niranjan Kamatlkar, Artistic Director of Wise Thoughts will look at creative ways to address homophobia and transphobia in the UK, and a representative from the East London Out Project will talk on the theme of the IDAHO campaign this year “Lesbian Rights and Sexism”. Finally, Sue Sanders will display the work undertaken by students for Schools Out and LGBT History Month.

There will also be plenty of time for relaxing, mingling and networking in the luxurious setting of the Rootstein Hopkins Space, and a chance to see the student’s work, enjoy the canapés and wine, and undergo the Lorraine Bowen experience. It is hoped that Ms Bowen will perform a song from her new CD, “Vital Organs”.

Derek Lennard commented “We hope this event will be inspiring, thought provoking and enjoyable and inspire campaigners to plan events for IDAHO”.
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Re: IDAHO launch March 13th

Postby s » Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:59 pm

Hi everyone,

The IDAHO event in Woking was a high quality one. It was very well organised. Every person who spoke or performed on stage was brilliant. We had very good speeches about hate crimes and on-going/successful projects to tackle them locally. Which is very good news. Unfortunately in Surrey/Hampshire hate levels are quite high and have not lowered since last year same date. Gay Surrey and Surrey Police are now team working to encourage victims to come forward and report the attacks against them. The audience appeared to be very shy but very friendly as well. I personally enjoyed my evening and recommend highly gays and non-gays to attend events organised by the Gay Surrey Charity.

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