May 17 IDAHO Kiss-In;
5 PM at Harvey Milk Plaza in SF
It gives me enormous pleasure to announce that gays in San Francisco will be participating in this year's IDAHO -- International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Held annually every May 17, because on that day in 1992, the World Health Organization removed gayness from the index of global diseases and related health problems, the 2010 version of IDAHO promises to be the best yet.
Here's the info on San Francisco's IDAHO action:
Date: Monday, May 17
What: Kiss-in & Solidarity Speak Out
Where: Harvey Milk Plaza, Market and Castro Streets
When: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will gather at the historic plaza to express our love for ourselves and our brothers and sisters around the planet, many of whom cannot engage in public displays of affection because of local laws or threats of violence.
The action, which will incorporate not just smooching, but hugging and hand-holding too, is sponsored and organized by Gays Without Borders/SF activist org, and the humanitarian relief agency Rainbow World Fund. Both groups collaborated on the IDAHO 2009 protest at the same location, calling for an end to the torture and murder of gay Iraqis.
An invitation to speak and lock lips on May 17 was extended to the lovely lesbian equal marriage activist Molly McKay and her dear wife Davina Kotulski, but they had to decline. Why?
Because they'll soon be leaving for a visit to Austria and the Czech Republic, where they'll be strategizing and networking with gays over there. Molly and Davina will be at the IDAHO action in Vienna. When those girls put their minds to supporting international activism and solidarity, they prove they really are willing to go quite far to join in the fun!
Get more info on all IDAHO 2010 actions around the world by clicking here and on the Great Global Kiss-In by clicking here. If you're near one of the cities on the list, join your local kiss-in. And if your city's name is missing, consider organizing an action yourself.
From gay Paree, IDAHO organizers have are using a video of a June 2009 kiss-in at the Eiffel Tower. It shows one way of how-to stage a kiss-in and make a video of it, and the organizers are asking everyone to create videos of their action and share it with them. The video:
Please, wherever you live, get to or stage an IDAHO action. It can be as small as two people kissing, or as large as dozens of gays at San Francisco's Harvey Milk Plaza. Do your part for global gay solidarity on May 17.