PHOTOS and VIDEO: Dallas marks IDAHO

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.

—  David Taffet

Hillary Clinton issues statement to mark IDAHO

Hillary Clinton

To mark the International Day Against Homophobia & Biphobia, also known as IDAHO, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement of support for the LGBT community.

Joe Bedos, international coordinator for IDAHO, said in a written statement, “An impressive global program for the 7th edition of the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia is taking place this week with hundreds of events planned in over 70 countries, reports the IDAHO Committee, the organisation which launched the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in 2004.”

The day has been more widely observed in Canada and Europe but this year has come to the U.S., with events going on in Texas. In Dallas, a candlelight vigil will be at 8 p.m. tonight at the JFK Memorial on Main Street across from Old Red. After a short sidewalk march, speakers will talk about homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

In Houston, the GLBT Community Center will host a round-table discussion at 7 p.m. The center is located at 1900 Kane St.

Below is Secretary Clinton’s statement:

—  David Taffet