May 15, 2012
Belize City—Belize commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on Thursday, May 17th with social media advocacy and events commemorating the day. The was chosen because of WHO’s removal of homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses on May 17, 2005.The day is symbolic of the improvement of the status of gay persons, and advances in the fight against homophobia and was done in over 80 countries in 2011.
Purple is the color of hope, the optimism of LGBT persons that they will one day live in a world free of homophobia. Over time, purple has come to represent a cause embraced by over 25,000 persons world wide.
On May 17, supporters of UniBAM and the We Are One in Human Rights Campaign will be gathering at local restaurants in Belize City and wearing purple in a show of solidarity against, homophobia, violence against gay persons, and all forms of discrimination in Belize.
Media representatives are invited to join supporters of the cause at a luncheon to be held at the Smokey Mermaid Restaurant from 12 pm – 2 pm, in commemoration of the Day. Kindly RSVP in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) Appeal