Archive for June, 2009

“Don’t look away”

// June 12th, 2009 // No Comments » // Around the globe

A stark reminder to all of us: “Don’t look away”. Whether its violence against us, or whether we witness violence against others, no matter if they’re gay or straight and regardless of gender or ethnicity.

Another great commercial with an important message about Respect from their MANEO’s Campaign for the Tolerance.

Understanding Homophobia in Rural Secondary Schools Research online

// June 11th, 2009 // 1 Comment » // Within Victoria

Sue Hackney from WayOUT has been very excited announcing that WayOUT’s on-line surveys “Researching homophobia in rural secondary schools” are now ‘live’ and can be accessed via their WayOUT website. One survey is aimed at rural young persons aged 12 to 21 years; the other is aimed at the rural teacher or worker supporting the young people. They are aiming to get at least 100 of each of the surveys completed so need your help getting the word out.

Take Up the Idaho Challenge! launched

// June 10th, 2009 // No Comments » // Around the globe

Gays.com has launched their community and public awareness project to mark the sixth annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on May 17th.

Created completely from user submissions, this video acts as a public service announcement communicating the message that LGBT individuals are present in every country, in every society and in every corner of the world.

Take Up the Idaho Challenge! marks a collaboration between Gays.com and the Committee for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Founded in France by activist Louis-Georges Tin, the IDAHO Committee has been instrumental in the drafting of the new United Nations statement urging the decriminalization of homosexuality, now signed by 67 countries around the world.

“In our battle to tear down the walls of homophobia and transphobia, it is of vital importance that we have people who are willing to put their face to what we are fighting for. This is a clarion call to members of our community to come out from wherever you are and let your voice be heard,” says Louis-Georges Tin, Founder of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. “When each of us takes that step of courage in coming out, we empower and give courage to those around us to do the same. The change that we are all longing to see starts with each of us.”

Kenneth Tan from Gays.com added “we are all about fighting the culture of anonymity that is so pervasive on the gay internet landscape. With this project, we want to challenge members of our community to step out of their virtual closets,”

“It is vital that those of us who reside in places of relative peace and freedom step out in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who, based upon where they live, risk abuse, jail, torture and the death sentence if they do come out. It is our hope that every country can be represented in this video.”

The Committee for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is a network of activists, present in over 50 countries, who seek to promote the idea of an international day against homophobia and transphobia. This day has been recognised officially by a number of governments around the world and provides an opportunity for the LGBT movement across the world to unite in a powerful demonstration of collective visibility.

New AVP site online!

// June 4th, 2009 // No Comments » // AVP news

Welcome to the Anti Violence Project of Victoria Inc. and our new website. Our new Violence Reporting Service is now online.

To get involved with VicAVP please email here or telephone the Convenor/EO on 0407664442 (within Australia) or +61407664442 (International).

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