Ringing in the day with global ‘kiss-ins’ and flash mobs planned around the globe, the “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia” promotes a day of activisim and celebration against homophobia for many in the gay community.
With planned demonstrations happening in hundreds of countries including 18 African nations (14 of which can legally punish homosexuals), several Middle-Eastern countries including Egypt, Lebanon and Israel, 17 countries in South America, all of North America, most of Europe, Australia, and even the notoriously anti-gay Russia, marking the ninth year of IDAHO.
“The mobilization shows just how universal the fight for freedom and basic Human Rights is,” says Joel Bedos, Executive Director of the IDAHO Committee.
“Today, there are still 78 countries in which same-sex relationships are illegal. Oddly enough, 78 is also the percentage of people living in countries which don’t criminalize same-sex relationships. In 1950, it was exactly the opposite : 78% of the world population lived under legal regimes that did punish same-sex relations. This is a clear sign of which side History is on.”