IDAHO 2010 Events and Information
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2010
The 17th May each year marks IDAHO day. It was started to raise awareness of Homophobia and Transphobia throughout the world. It has become truly global and its ideals have been discussed in the General Assembly of the United Nations.
This date was chosen because on May 17th 1992, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its International Classification of dieseases.
The University of Salford fully supports the aims and ideals of IDAHO and after the success of last years events is hoping to create a buzz across the campus and for the first time, the Rainbow Flag is being flown by the University outside Mary Seacole.
We hope to raise awareness about the LGBT societies available and make sure that the University of Salford is as welcoming as it can be.
Please feel free to come and visit our stall in University House, 17th until the 21st May or contact us through the website.
On IDAHO day, Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall hosted the launch of a pioneering report by Salford teachers.
He revealed the results of the National Union of Teachers' (NUT) 'Prevalence of Homophobia Survey' - a startling document which suggests that the culture of homophobia in many local schools is endemic, despite a number of excellent initiatives.
For full details, visit the Staff News website.
BBC Radio Manchester spoke to Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall about the survey just after 7.00am this morning. You can listen to the interview again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007slr4. (The interview takes place approximately one hour into the show.)
Many countries still have laws making homosexuality illegal, and many of those that don't still have massive problems with homophobia. In the news recently, it was reported that a man was exhumed and his body dumped on his families doorstep because he was suspected of being gay and died of AIDS.
This year the IDAHO committee based in Paris want to ask religious leaders their views on violence against the LGBT community.