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Gays Without Borders yesterday attracted a crowd of 25-30 San Francisco civic leaders and activists from the LGBT community to United Nations Plaza, to stage our fifth annual action for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

The follow people spoke about global gay issues and called for additional American advocacy regarding LGBT at home and abroad:

- Brendan Behan, Executive Director of SF Pride
- David Campos, Member of the Board of Supervisors
- Clinton Fein, Political artist and activist
- Veronika Cauley Fimbres, African-American trans advocate
- Michael Petrelis, Person living with AIDS
- Melanie Nathan, Lesbian blogger and activist
- Christina Olague, Member of the Board of Supervisors
- Mark Snyder, Spokesperson for Transgender Law Center
- Amy Whelan, Attorney for National Center for Lesbian Rights
- Gary Virginia, Executive Committee Member of Gays Without Borders

We also had Heidi Beeler of the SF Lesbian and Gay Freedom Band play "Taps" on her trumpet, and community documentarian Ken Hodnett tape the whole thing and create an incredibly moving video showing our solidarity activism.

Our action consisted of thirty-minutes of moving speeches and showing visibility, before our friends Miguel and John from the Department of Public Works lowered the flags.

The flags are flying at half-staff for 24-hours in remembrance of all the LGBT people murdered or bashed since IDAHO 2011.

My deepest gratitude to everyone who showed up today or helped make IDAHO 2012 in San Francisco a reality and our best IDAHO action yet.

And on behalf of all the folks who came out to UN Plaza this afternoon, I extend a hearty salute to the brave LGBT around the world who staged their own IDAHO events. We look forward to reading reports, seeing vids and photos about all the fabulous actions that took place today beyond America's border.

Until IDAHO 2013, solidarity and peace to all! Here's the link to our video.


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  •  Oh! I'm glad to see my city was chosen, but the (1+ / 0-)
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    IDAHO really got me confused. I thought you meant the state. Maybe it should be IDAHOT :D

    •  That would be appropriate (0+ / 0-)

      considering I know a lot of very hot LGBT folks. ;-)

      I actually wasn't aware of the day, but I spend most of my days trying to combat homophobia and transphobia, usually over at the ESPN comment pages which seem to be a hotbed of such activities, usually when fans get mad that an athlete scored on their team. Gets tiring at times, reading that ALL CALIFORNIANS ARE GAY AND HAVE HIV/AIDS (an actual comment spammed on the comment boards for the PHO/LAK playoff games).

      Mitt Romney: the Etch-A-Sketch candidate in the era of YouTube

      by Cali Scribe on Fri May 18, 2012 at 11:19:36 AM PDT

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