he rainbow flag flew proudly over many of the world’s town squares on May 17, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Photo: Arindambanerjee
The rainbow flag flew proudly over many of the world’s town squares on May 17, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). But just a few days later, Australian supporters of same-sex marriage are locking horns with Sydney’s St. Andrew’s Anglican Cathedral.
Community activists are asking supporters to rally on May 21 in Sydney Square near the town hall and the cathedral to celebrate the eighth marking of IDAHOT. May 17 is the date on which the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases some 21 years ago.
Sydney square is partly owned by St. Andrew’s, whose officials say that ongoing maintenance work in the square poses safety risks for large public gatherings. The activists counter that the city, the other owner, has given them the green light and vow to defy the church this Saturday.
In Canada, several labour organizations marked May 17 with statements urging equality for lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgendered (LGBT) people.
In its release, the Canadian Labor Congress said, “Canada’s labour movement is proud of its part in fighting for equality for our LGBT members — in the workplace and in the broader community. We are committed to continuing the fight for LGBT rights in the workplace, including legislation and collective-agreement language on workplace bullying and violence.”
Homosexuality is currently criminalized in 77 countries.