City will stand in solidarity with those persecuted in Chechnya at the annual IDAHOBIT event today, which is being moved indoors to Dorset Gardens Methodist Church due to bad weather forecast.
Brighton & Hove marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) today, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
IDAHOBIT commemorates the day in 1990 the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental diseases and this year will give everyone in the city the opportunity to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters being persecuted in Chechnya.
In 86 countries globally, homosexual acts remain illegal while in many countries lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and those who identify as trans are often murdered simply for their sexuality or gender identity and alarmingly recent media reports indicate concentration camps for gay men have been opened in Chechnya.
The Mayor of Brighton and Hove will be present and events will include:
♦ Live performances from The Rainbow Chorus and singer/guitarist AJ Paterson
♦ Poetry from Alice Denny
♦ Guest speakers include MP for Hove & Portslade, Peter Kyle, Leader of the Council, Cllr Warren Morgan, Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Rev Michael Hydes and Sgt Peter Allan.
♦ Follorw the Vigil everyone will go outside Dorset Gardens Methodist Church to make a minute’s ‘noise’ and remember the international victims of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic violence; (so bring a whistle, horn, bell, tambourine, trombone etc to make some noise!)
The event is hosted and organised by the volunteers of the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum.
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Event: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)
Where: Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton BN2 1RL
When: Wednesday, May 17