Hart Gables IDAHOT Events 2018
International day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, also known as IDAHOT, was founded in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGB/T people internationally.
To mark this day every year, Hart Gables delivers an event that aims to raise awareness of the seriousness of LGB/T hatred and how it touches the lives of people locally and globally.
This year is no different, and on May 17th, with the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner, we will hold the 8th annual ‘Equality Climb’ up to Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s monument. The event celebrates the single most important date for LGB/T communities to assemble on a worldwide scale.
The theme for IDAHOT this year is ‘Alliances for Solidarity’, because it’s known that no battle can be won in isolation. Focusing the day on solidarity and alliances generates a valuable opportunity for organisations to reach out to our existing partners to reinforce bonds, create links with new partners to raise awareness of commonalities, and engage in shared action around the day’s ethos.
“Hate crime exists in and throughout Teesside and the pain it inspires touches the lives of local people. As the leading LGB/T service in the area, Hart Gables will stand up and say no to hate and raise awareness of its impact. By planning and coordinating events, we hope to bring organisations together with a plan to help shape a coordinated set of local services that add value to each other and fundamentally help tackle hate and support those who fall victim to it.” (Sarah Lewis, Strategic Planning and Operations Lead, Hart Gables).
In conjunction with the Equality Climb, a second Hart Gables event will take place on May the 18th at Stockton Central Library. This learning-focused event will feature inspirational speakers and interactive workshops to raise awareness of hate in the area, and how to tackle this hate. It will be an opportunity for community organisations to strengthen alliances, particularly when there is a need to ensure safety, fight violence, lobby for legal change, and/or campaign to change hearts and minds. Groups and individuals can also familiarise themselves with the ‘help not hassle’ hate crime advocacy project, launched by the LGB/T Federation earlier this year, and commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird and Barry Coppinger.
At this second event, people can also pick up brand new leaflets providing information and advice to help victims of hate crime throughout their journey of reporting. The leaflets have been put together through a joint project between Hart Gables, the Crown Prosecution Service, and Cleveland Police.
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