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HRC, Clinton and Gaga Join in Celebration of IDAHO

Today, HRC joins individuals across the globe in recognizing the annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, commonly referred to as “IDAHO.”  Support for IDAHO has come from political leaders, such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to pop stars, such as Lady Gaga.  The day will be celebrated this year in over 70 countries around the world with various events and activities.

In a press release issued today, Secretary Clinton touted the work that the State Department has done that advances the ideals of IDAHO.  The press release stated:

“Whether by supporting LGBT advocates marching in Belgrade, leading the effort at the United Nations to affirm the human rights of LGBT persons, or condemning a vile law under consideration in Uganda, we are committed to our friends and allies in every region of the world who are fighting for equality and justice. These are not Western concepts; these are universal human rights.”

Among the many other actions that are being organized around this day, IDAHO organizers have launched the “As I Am” campaign.  This campaign asks individuals to submit creative videos, artwork or written statements about respecting all persons for who they are.  Visit this link to contribute to the “As I Am” campaign.

IDAHO is celebrated annually on May 17th in recognition of the date when homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization in 1990.  For more information on IDAHO, visit this link.

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