International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia [fr]
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia aims at raising awareness of LGBT rights violations and commemorating the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO), the 17th of May 1990.
To celebrate the 9th edition of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia- IDAHOT, the French Embassy and the French Institute of South Africa organized an exhibition, a screening and a debate hosted by the Alliance Française of Johannesburg.
Around 80 persons attended the event, among them the representatives of 9 organisations: Action Aid, FEW, Aid Consortium, GALA, Inkayiso, Inquisitive Queer, Love life, Tisa Tshireletso, CAL (coalition African Lesbian).
- Different fight for freedom: An exhibition opening in celebration of the day against homophobia.
- Digital short stories: In 2013, the French Civil Society Development Fund supported an innovative joint project by Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) that sought to create a positive change in safety and security for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex. 12 lesbian women largely from Alexandra Township in Johannesburg participated to a workshop to reflect about their experiences of discrimination and violence through storytelling and as a collective of women.
Digital stories are the personal narratives that emerged from the workshop, contributing in surfacing the complex negotiation of the women’s sexuality.
- Foot for love: June 24, 2012: in the pouring rain, a football game unlike any other takes place at the famous “Parc des Princes” stadium. Two women’s teams face one another on the pitch: the Thokozani Football Club, from a township near Durban and the Parisian team “Les Dégommeuses. On the pitch, the South African players show the same determination they have in life, confronted, as they are, by violence and discrimination towards black women who transgress gender norms. The game ends with a 2 to 1 for “Les Dégommeuses”. But the players of the Thokozani FC have not said their last word.
To read the Ambassador’s speech
The Alliance Française of Durban will also celebrate IDAHO in the frame of the 4th Gay & Lesbian Film Festival of Durban.
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Statement by the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (excerpts)
On this, the ninth International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, France recalls its commitment against violence and discrimination committed on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
France is working resolutely to support the universal decriminalization of homosexuality. Everyone must benefit from all the individual human rights recognized by international legislation. (…)
This commitment is reflected in support for those involved on the ground who are fighting for the rights of LGBTI people, particularly through the international fund created by France with the Netherlands and Norway. It is also reflected in the initiation of a discussion, in conjunction with civil society, on how sexual orientation and gender identity can be better taken into account in French development policy.
To read the High Representative’s speech