International Day Against Homophobia

Brighton event details released...

A concert to mark International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) will be taking place on May 17th starring some of Brighton and Hove's best homegrown artists, including Andrea Kenny, Miss Hap, Alison Becket, Cherry Poppin and Kat Osborne.

IDAHO is held each year on May 17th to mark the day in 1990 that homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses by the World Health Organisation. The aim of IDAHO is to make homosexuality legal in every country in the world, and to raise awareness of the plight of gay people in the 77 countries where it is still illegal to be gay.

"This event is a beautiful way to celebrate the freedoms that have been won for the gay community in this country over the past decade," says Cliff James, one of the concert's organisers. "But it is also reminds us that we could be facing imprisonment, flogging or even execution if we were born in one of 77 countries where being gay is still illegal. The struggle to save gay and lesbian people internationally still goes on, and we hope that the music raised at The Marlborough will be heard across the world."

Kat Osborne, event organiser and manager of The Marlborough, says: "It's an honour to be involved with something so important and to have it hosted at the Marlborough is another great achievement on top of what we have done in the past few years. Please come down and support IDAHO; bring an open mind and a few pounds to help us raise money for this very special day."

Organisers say the concert at The Marlborough will raise money for Brighton and Hove Pride and for the Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard.

Event: Concert for IDAHO
Entry fee: £5
Time: 8.30pm
Date: Saturday 17 May
Venue: The Marlborough Theatre, 4 Princes Street, Brighton, BN2 1RD.

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