LGBTIs to celebrate International Day against Homophobia through poetry, art, and music on May 17


In line with the celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHO), Dakila, in partnership with Lesbian Activism Project (LeAP), invites all LGBTI individuals, organizations, and allies to HAYAG: Our Stories on May 17, 2013, 8 pm at Boho Sarapsody Bistro, 272 Ermin Garcia St. (Aurora Blvd. side), Cubao, Quezon City. Free admission.

The night of LGBTI (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transexuals, intersex) stories, poetry, art, and music will feature LeAP’s HUBAD: Coming Out Monologues, a project inspired by The Vagina Monologues and originated at the University of California-Riverside in 2007. There will be a photo booth where supporters can have their photo taken with their own LGBTI statement. LGBTI-themed digital art and photographs will also be projected during the event. There will be acoustic performances by TKM Band, Tao Aves, Cara Decenteceo, Miko Pepito, and the Library Kids.

HAYAG: Our Stories will happen simultaneously with Tagay for IDAHO: The Safe Space Project Launch at Cubao Expo. Tagay for IDAHO is a celebration and recognition of the commitment of various business owners in Cubao and other places to make their establishments a safe space for LGBTI people. Using the hashtag #tagay4idaho, twitter @idahoPH, and Facebook Page, other individuals can take a photo of themselves in other restaurants and bars for inclusion in the Philippine Safe Spaces Map. Recently recognized as safe spaces for the LGBT clientele are Maguro at Matalino Street and Boho Sarapsody Bistro.

For more information on the Philippine celebration of IDAHO, follow @idahoPH and

About IDAHO (from

The Day Against Homophobia highlights that in reality it is homophobia that is shameful and must be deconstructed in its social logic and fought against openly.



May 17 was chosen for IDAHO because the date is the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s May 1990 decision to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. This victory of the lesbian-gay-bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cause was a historic step towards considering freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity as a fundamental basic human right.

The objectives of IDAHO are: to provoke action, to reinforce the visibility of the varied and often isolated efforts from activists all over the world, and to place this Day on the national calendar in the highest number of countries possible, and then to have it adopted at an international level. Obviously, this is a long term objective. But official recognition is not just a symbol, since even symbols have real power, as we all know. Recognition will contribute to the persistence of the fight. It will also make it possible to show that the fight against homophobia is not only the business of gay, bi or trans people, but that it is the full responsibility of public authorities and the concern of society as a whole.


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