Paris Set to Host World Congress Against Homophobia in May



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PARIS, February 23, 2009  –  A world congress against homophobia is set to be held in Paris in May, it emerged last night.

The proposal for the congress, UK Gay News has been told, was made by Rama Yade, the French minister for human rights as a major French contribution to International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) which the government officially recognised last year.

The founder of IDAHO, Louis-Georges Tin, speaking at a press conference in May last year said that the French government’s recognition of IDAHO was not just a symbolic gesture.

“[It] will help to better prepare and coordinates actions with the different ministries next year,” he added.  [Click HERE for text of Mr. Tin's press statement from last May]

It appears that his wish has come true.

The congress, which is being held in Ms. Yade’s HR ministry on May 16, will be part of the official programme organised by the French government to celebrate one year of recognition of IDAHO in France.

It is the first time that the Sarkozy conservative government has planned an LGBT event at ministerial level.

The agenda is said to include the further steps to be taken following the French initiative which lead last December to a United Nations statement being signed by 66 countries.  The statement was read in the UN General Assembly by Argentina.

Mr. Tin first spoke of his ambition to get a declaration read in the UN more than three years ago in Paris, repeating his ambition in London early last year.  It was last May when the French government officially recognised IDAHO that detailed discussions on the UN project were started with Ms. Yade’s ministry – and a number of international gay and lesbian NGOs we brought-in to help.

Mr Tin could not be reached for comment last night.

But it is becoming clear that the campaign he is leading within the IDAHO committee seems to have more and more impact on both a national and international scale.

The congress, UK Gay News understands, could be recurring.

For this year, the IDAHO committee has combating transphobia as its theme.


Luxembourg Could Become Sixth Country to Recognise IDAHO Luxembourg could become the latest country to recognise International Day Against Homophobia, held each year on May 17 – the day when in 1990 the World Health Organization decided to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. (UK Gay News, February 18, 2009)

Activists’ Two Hours in Jail Leads to French Government Push on Gay Rights at UN.  Louis-Georges Tin was celebrating this evening...  (UK Gay News, May 17, 2009)

 IDAHO Founder Arrested at French Demonstration and ‘Die In’.  The founder of International Day Against Homophobia was arrested yesterday outside the Presidential Palace along with a small group of supporters as they demonstrated and staged a ‘die in’ in support of persecuted gay and lesbians worldwide.  (UK Gay News, May 17, 2009)


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Posted: 23 February 2009 at 00:00 (UK time)


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