The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is celebrated across the globe every May 17 as the date when homosexuality was removed from the international classification of diseases of the World Health Organisation in 1990.
The day is the focus of events that call for respect for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people and to reinforce the unacceptability of persecution on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Linda Jackson, chair of the Scottish Borders LGBT Equality Forum commented: “In Scotland, we have made great strides in achieving LGBT equality in law, but there are over 75 countries in the world where it is a criminal offence to be gay.
“These countries punish women, men and children because of their sexual orientation and in seven countries the punishment is death. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in the Borders and are proud to support IDAHO.”
To that end, the forum has organised a free screening of the 2010 film The Kids Are All Right, starring Julianne Moore and Annette Benning, in the Heart of Hawick Cinema on Monday, May 16. Tickets are available in advance and on the night.
The LGBT Forum is rebuilding its website so, in the meantime, write to PO Box 14120 Selkirk, TD7 5WE for any information regarding the organisation.