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Short films, poetry, art, and music on the International Day Against Homophobia

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In observance of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), the Metropolitan Community Church of Quezon City invites the public to a free screening and discussion of LGBT-themed short films on May 17, 2013, 6:30 pm at the MCC Quezon City Center. This is a special activity of the Life Learners Support Group.

Ranging from 3-20 minutes, some of the films to be featured are:
James (2009 Award Winning Film)
Love, 100 Degrees Celsius (2011)
Homophobia (2012)
Trevor (1994)
Beware
The Politics of Piss
Attack of the Homophobic Oranges

Due to the limited capacity of the venue, this event will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact MCCQC at Contact us at (0927) 745-1884 or (0916) 636-1512. For directions to the MCCQC Center, please visit http://mccquezoncity.com/how-to-get-to-836-aurora-blvd.

By 8 pm on the same day, LGBTI individuals, organizations, and allies will be raising their glasses for 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 facebook.com/idahoPH, 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.

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This will happen simultaneously with HAYAG: Our Stories at Boho Sarapsody Bistro, 272 Ermin Garcia St. (Aurora Blvd. side), Cubao, Quezon City. This was organized by Dakila and Lesbian Activism Project (LeAP). Admission is free.

The night of coming out 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.

For more information on the Philippine celebration of IDAHO, follow @idahoPH and facebook.com/idahoPH.

About IDAHO (from http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org/):

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.

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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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