International day against homophobia to be observed in Durban
The Upper Room Communion – the leading sexual and gender diversity affirming church in Durban will be celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia 2014. A march for free expression will take place along the city’s beachfront on 17 May starting at 09:30, from South beach to the North beach amphitheatre.
As a church together with the LGBT community in Durban, the parade will proceed along the beachfront promenade, with all invited to be dressed to the nines in celebration of the international theme “Free Expression”.
They will also walk in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe, Uganda and elsewhere in Africa where the freedoms taken for granted in South Africa could result in severe punishments and death.
Even in progressive countries, violence and discrimination against LGBT people still exists in the form of discriminatory laws, unjust representations in the media, unfair treatment by employers, negative social attitudes, and even in everyday interactions with people we care about, and who care about us. On 17 May 2014, protesters will gather around the world to speak out against homophobia and transphobia.
The ‘IDAHOT 2014 Beach Walk’ will take place on May 17, from 9.30 am starting at South Beach. And is a free event to which all invited to attend, either as colourful participants or allies walking in camaraderie.
About IDAHOT 2014
In at least 77 countries around the world today, same sex relationships are illegal, at times involving life-time imprisonment. In 7 countries, same sex acts are even punishable by death. In almost all countries, freedom for people to live out and to express their true gender identities – and to have them rightfully recognised by the state – is harshly limited by transphobic laws and attitudes.
For key facts on the global movement International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014, visit http://dayagainsthomophobia.org