About 45 people attended a candlelight vigil in downtown Dallas on Tuesday night to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. A number of pedestrians also stopped along the sidewalk to listen to speakers at the JFK Memorial.
The evening began with singing and an invocation by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Maeve O’Connor spoke about transphobia. A video of her talk is below.
BiNet Dallas president Morgan O’Donnell and event organizer Elizabeth Jayne Webb addressed biphobia by the gay as well as straight communities. Jesse Garcia, Steven Sprinkle and Davlin Kerekes spoke about homophobia.
After the speakers, there was a candlelight vigil along several downtown blocks.
This is the first time Dallas participated in IDAHO. The event has been marked in Europe and Canada since 2004 and is held on May 17 because that is the date in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
No counterprotesters showed up at the vigil.
More photos and video after the jump.