“Hate has no place in the house of God. No one should be excluded from our love, our compassion or our concern because of race or gender, faith or ethnicity — or because of their sexual orientation.” –Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Washington Post, March 12, 2010
Since 2005, millions of concerned people world-wide have joined together each year for a day of action against anti-gay prejudice and discrimination, highlighting personal stories and direct action to bring equal rights to LGBTI persons in every corner of the world. Now understood to be the “international LGBT solidarity day,” International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) has inspired more than 100 countries to engage their citizens and institutions in intentional conversations around the rights and quality of life issues for sexual minorities within their borders. As a result, a global movement for civil and human rights for LGBTI people is fomenting unprecedented momentum for change. But more needs to be done.
On May 17th, join others from all over the world in raising your voice in your church, school, and/or community against homophobia and transphobia. This is our opportunity to bring a message of equal rights and non-discrimination to regions and countries where civil and human rights have been stifled and to build alliances with those who are willing and able to mobilize for action in a comprehensive campaign for equal rights. Further, all of our actions against homophobia and transphobia forecast to political leaders and social and religious institutions that the demand for civil and human rights for LGBTI people will not be silenced.
The Global Justice Institute and MCC’s Public Policy Team join in solidarity with LGBTI persons and allies in observance of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and urge all members of MCC to raise their voices against anti-gay prejudice and discrimination.
There are many ways that you can participate:
- Change your Facebook profile picture to the logo for IDAHO on May 17th
- Tweet about the event and your local action using the hash tag #may17IDAHO
- Publicize IDAHO in your church bulletin
- Organize an event in your church, school, or community.
The resources below can help you make the most of your observance of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia:
- Find out more about the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
- Join the Rainbow Flash Mob by organizing an event and sharing your pictures and messages with others.
- Check out what’s happening around the globe on May 17th on Facebook.
- For prayers, litanies, and hymns, visit the Institute for Welcoming Resources.
- Find worship resources from the Religious Institute for your observance.