IDAHO 2008 - An Opportunity Missed?

Over 100 local events have taken place around the United Kingdom to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).

The TUC and the Communication Workers Union (CWU)  marked the event (Saturday May 17th) by laying a wreath outside the Iranian Embassy in London. This was to commemorate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have been killed by the Iranian regime.

Barbara Follett Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Government Equalities Office marked the International Day Against Homophobia in a joint statement with Meg Munn, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

However organisers criticised the government for their lack of support, Derek Lennard UK coordinator of International Day against Homophobia is quoted to have said the following on gay news website “UKGay News”

“The Brown government has ignored the significance of this day, and the FCO didn’t even bother to sort out whether they were sending a representative to an IDAHO meeting in London on LGBT Rights at home and abroad” 

Also of interest was the fact there is no mention of the event on the Stonewall website. IDAHO events in the UK did not even make headline news this weekend on leading UK Gay News portal Pinknews.co.uk.

With a 100 organised events across the country its no doubt the event was a huge success on the ground. With the government and leading LGBT rights groups not dovetailing local activity , was this years IDAHO an opportunity missed?

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