17th May 2012 – The Inaugural Launch of Idaho 50
- 50 organisations mark International Day Against Homophobia
- Everton FC, Liverpool Cathedral, University of Liverpool, Voodou, Merseytravel amongst local organisations supporting the day
- City wide programme of free events & participation
Developed by Liverpool – based arts & social justice organisation Homotopia, the inaugural launch of IDAHO 50 on May 17th 2012 will be a high profile and visible display of action against homophobia & transphobia on Merseyside. Liverpool is the first city around the world to create, participate & engage in IDAHO 50. Click here to download a leaflet 17th May IDOA50-proof-email
50 Merseyside companies & organisations will mark the day by flying a rainbow flag, creating events and programmes, or will create a visual statement with an artist on the day.
Some of Liverpool’s leading institutions and companies have signed up to support the day including Liverpool John Moores University, Everton Football Club, Liverpool Cathedral, University Of Liverpool, Voodou, Liverpool Community College, Knowsley College, Merseytravel, Jackson Canter Solicitors, Unite Union, Edge Hill University, St Helens College, Liverpool Law Society, Unity Theatre, Puschka, Tabac are amongst the 50 who are supporting the day.
To mark the first IDAHO 50, Homotopia will be working with Merseyside Probation Trust & artist Paul Harfleet & The Pansy Project in a unique and innovative intervention. Artists, community representatives, offenders and Merseyside Probation Trust will engage in planting pansies at St Lukes Church raising awareness of homophobia and transphobia on Merseyside and around the world. The project forms part of the Community Payback Project & Merseyside Probation Trust’s groundbreaking ‘Promoting Human Dignity’ programme. Offenders serving on probation will also be producing planters carrying pansies which will be distributed around the city and given to community groups. A documentary will be produced which will be made available for schools and youth centres.
Cllr Joe Anderson, Leader of Liverpool City Council said “I am proud that Liverpool is the first city to participate in IDAHO 50. We need to create a society which does not discriminate against anybody because of their sexual orientation and one in which everybody can feel safe and secure. We fully support the work Homotopia is doing to achieve this.”
Gary Everett Artistic Director of Homotopia added “ ‘IDAHO 50’ is very much a part of Liverpool’s DNA, and its commitment to social justice and equality. The Pansy Project, Merseyside Police and Homotopia first collaborated in 2007, so its special and unique, that the legacy of our community outreach programme is connecting further through the criminal justice system with the partnership of Merseyside Probation Trust. IDAHO 50 will raise awareness of our year long social justice programme helping to create a more cohesive and tolerant city. Since 2005 our inter-generational and youth engagement programme has reached over 80,000 people and is growing”
Anne Pakula, Head of Operations at Merseyside Probation Trust said:
“Merseyside Probation Trust supports Homotopia in its work to eliminate discrimination towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Our innovative work with the perpetrators of hate crime leads to a change in attitudes, thinking and behaviour towards minority groups, which in turn results in safer communities for the people of Merseyside.
The Trust is committed to reducing re-offending and improving public protection, and tackling hate crime in this form is just one way of achieving this. We fully support the aims of IDAHO 50, and value our continued partnership with Homotopia in this important area’
What : Community Payback/Pansy Project Garden Installation
Where : St Lukes Church Leece Street entrance
When : Thursday 17th May Time 4pm
Attending : Civic dignitaries, Paul Harfleet (artist), Gary Everett Artistic Director Homotopia, Chief Officer Merseyside Probation Trust, Idaho 50 stakeholders
Other opportunities of flag flying photographs
Liverpool Philharmonic Thursday 17th May 10am onwards
St Georges Hall Thursday 17th May 10am onwards
Everton Football Club Thursday 17th May onwards
Town Hall Thursday 17th May onwards
Homotopia is regularly funded by Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council. It launched in 2004 and produces an annual arts festival, a burgeoning international programme, groundbreaking anti-homophobic bullying projects, youth exchanges & anti-hate education initiatives developed in close partnership with a number of stakeholders including Merseyside Police & Liverpool City Council.
For further info & interviews on IDAHO 50 call Liz Lacey on 07979826376
For further info call Homotopia on 0151 702 7369