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San Francisco gets ready for IDAHOT action

From Bay Area Reporter

San Francisco LGBT activists will gather on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia Wednesday, May 17 to celebrate the past year’s wins and protest ongoing atrocities.

A custom-made 10-foot pink triangle will serve as the backdrop at Harvey Milk Plaza as LGBT activists continue to pressure Russia to act against Chechnya, according to a May 8 news release from Gays Without Borders.

Patrick Carney, who co-created the giant pink triangle installed on Twin Peaks over Pride weekend, will speak about the significance of remembering the LGBT Holocaust victims.

Carney is one of several speakers who will be at the rally, Gary Virginia, with Gays Without Borders, wrote in an email.

The activists will hold a moment of silence in honor of the victims in Chechnya.

In turn the protesters will also demonstrate against the ongoing murders of transgender individuals and urge resistance against President Donald Trump’s threats to the LGBT community in the U.S.

The rally will also celebrate the release from prison that day of Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army intelligence analyst.

Manning, 29, was convicted of leaking secret information to WikiLeaks. She had the bulk of her 35-year prison sentence commuted by President Barack Obama days before he left office in January.

She began her transition during her seven years in prison.

IDAHOT was created in 2004 to bring attention to the violence LGBT individuals face around the world.

Code Pink San Francisco is also a co-sponsor of the event.

The IDAHOT rally in San Francisco will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at Harvey Milk Plaza, Market and Castro streets. Participants of IDAHOT events globally will post actions on social media using the hashtags #IDAHOT and #IFED2017 to inspire and encourage others to raise their voices.

For more information, contact Virginia at (415) 867-5004.