David Lammy MP will be
addressing the UK IDAHO launch.
In view of the worrying current situation in
Uganda for gay men and women, the names of individuals quoted in this
article have been removed for their personal safety. November 2009.
LONDON, February 27, 2008 –
Government ministers, mayoral candidates, students and academics, national
and international LGBT campaigners, a lesbian singer/songwriter, who
according to one reviewer performs like “Mary Poppins on acid” are all
gearing up for the IDAHO-UK 2008 launch event at the London College of
Fashion, which will take place, on the evening of March 13.
Students on the Design for Graphic
Communication course at the University of Arts, London have designed double
sided broadsheet posters to encourage UK campaigners to arrange events for
the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17, and the winning posters
will be displayed at the event.
Derek Lennard, IDAHO-UK
Coordinator, who has chosen the four winning posters, says that they are
“very exciting and innovative”.
Appropriately enough, David Lammy,
Minister for Skills, and MP for Tottenham, will be handing out the prizes to
the students and making a speech at the event.
He will be joined by Minister for
Equality, Barbara Follett, and Linda Bellos, former leader of Lambeth
Council, who works on mainstreaming equality and diversity in the British
Army and Metropolitan Police.
London Mayoral candidates are also
well represented at the event. Neil Young will be reading a message of
support for the IDAHO campaign and the event from Ken Livingstone, Mayor of
Richard Barnes the Conservative
Leader on the London Assembly, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat candidate for
Mayor, and Sian Berry, the Green candidate will also be speaking.
Louis-Georges Tin, the founder of IDAHO will explain the priorities of the
2008 campaign, a Ugandan
will describe how he set up an IDAHO Chapter in his country, Ali Hilli founder of
Iraqi LGBT will highlight the gravity of the situation for LGBT activists in
Iraq, and Bill Schiller of the International Lesbian and Gay Cultural
Network will graphically describe the plight of the LGBT community in
Amnesty International will also be
represented. Niranjan Kamatlkar, Artistic Director of Wise Thoughts will
look at creative ways to address homophobia and transphobia in the UK, and a
representative from the East London Out Project will talk on the theme of
the IDAHO campaign this year “Lesbian Rights and Sexism”.
Finally, Sue Sanders will display
the work undertaken by students for Schools Out and LGBT History Month.
There will also be plenty of time
for relaxing, mingling and networking in the luxurious setting of the
Rootstein Hopkins Space, and a chance to see the student’s work, enjoy the
canapés and wine, and undergo the Lorraine Bowen experience. It is hoped
that Ms Bowen will perform a song from her new CD, “Vital Organs”.
“We hope this event will be
inspiring, thought provoking and enjoyable and inspire campaigners to plan
events for IDAHO,” said Mr. Lennard.
■ IDAHO-UK Launch. Thursday 13
March, from 5 to10.30pm, University of the Arts, London, London College of
Fashion, Rootstein Hopkins Space, John Princes Street, London WIG OBJ. Event
is by invitation only. Contact Derek Lennard.
derek.lennard(at)idaho.org.uk – remove (at) and
replace with @
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Posted: 27 February 2008 at
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