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Support - IDAHO 2009

This page is supported by

International Day Against
Homophobia and Transphobia

17th May 2009
4pm onwards

Oatlands Park Hotel

Our sponsors

Gay Surrey Event

4.00pm onwards Oatlands Park Hotel, receive a welcome IDAHO cocktail


We also have on the day a...

  • Police car
  • Surrey Fire and Rescue car
  • Fire Engine

In addition for the children.
Surrey Fire and Rescue are giving away “Fire Kits” These early learner packs contain jigsaw, books, games and more. It's a great fun kit to have to take away and play on the day

  • Opening speech Gino Meriano, Chair Gay Surrey.
  • Bill Buckley - Patron of Gay Surrey
  • Scott Salmon - Surrey Police DCI surrounding Hate Crime projects.
  • Mike Patey - Surrey Police LAGLO Officer.
  • Denise Saliagopoulos - Executive Member for Surrey County Council and Young People
  • Cllr Chris Ward - Liberal Democrat Guildford Borough Councillor. Chris is openly gay and one of the youngest councillors in the country.
  • Pam Frost - Diversity Lead for Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Terry Reed - Trustee of Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)
  • Ian Cole - Development Worker for Gay Men.
8.00pm Gay Surrey's Equality Matters Awards ceremony
Evening comes to a close
Events like these cannot happen without the kind donations of our friends and we would like to extend a huge thank you for your support for 2009


In a world where 77 countries punish women, men and children because of their sexuality an International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) provides a platform for everyone to make a powerful statement to demand improvements for peoples quality of life Overseas and in the UK. 

On the 17th May 1990 the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders. Now IDAHO exists to provoke action to end Homophobia.


Throughout history and in a large part of the world today, LGBT have been under attack with constant pressure to remain "closeted" and removed from mainstream society. Every living person has a sexuality and this is part of who we are as individuals. Activities and events that help raise the profile of the existence of the UK and global LGBT community also help to demonstrate that sexuality does not make you less of a person.

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