The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, or IDAHO, took place yesterday and was marked by events held throughout the globe. Here in San Francisco, Gays Without Borders organized a wonderful event in UN Plaza to mark the occasion.
After a series of speeches by City Supervisors David Campos and Christina Olague and by local activists, the U.S. and UN flags were lowered to half-staff for the remainder of the day. Below is a video of the speeches and lowering of the flags that took place:
With Pride’s event theme this year being “Global Equality,” yesterday’s observance of IDAHO felt particularly salient. From police repression of transgender women in Kuwait to lesbian torture clinics in Ecuador, it is critical to remember that LGBT people face violence, discrimination, and political repression in many parts of the world just for being who we are.