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#BeTheNoise: Celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

On Sunday 17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is celebrated around the world. People will join in events all over the globe, making a stand for human rights for all – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In Sheffield a tradition of making a minute of “noise”, instead of a minute of silence, has emerged as a way of drawing attention to the fact that LGBT+ people all too often are silenced.

The campaign, sometimes also referred to as IDAHO or IDAHOT, celebrates the World Health Organization’s decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder on 17 May 1990. Since 2004 the day is celebrated around the world and a decade on from that it is celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organisations in 2014.

To celebrate this fact, E.D.E.N Film has created a film featuring members from Sheffield Pride, LGBT Sheffield, The Sheffield Student’s Union and several political parties, not to mention lots of members of the public. I helped make the film and you might also recognise a face or two in it…

So go on, check out where the IDAHOBiT events are happening in your area – take part and #BeTheNoise.

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You can celebrate IDAHOBiT in Sheffield at the Sheffield Peace Gardens at 12 noon on Sunday 17 May where a one-minute ‘noise’ will join our voices with other events across the world to send a clear message that homophobia and transphobia have no place in our society.

To continue the celebration of sexual and gender diversities in Sheffield, and directly after the event in the Peace Gardens, Museums Sheffield will be holding a range of free exhibitions, stalls and presentation activities between 1pm-4pm at the Millennium Gallery.

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