Members of Gays Without Borders and the Bradley Manning Support Network are organizing a rally and speak out for this year’s edition of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on Friday, May 17th in San Francisco, CA. IDAHO is an annual event marking the day the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its classification of diseases in 1990.
What: IDAHO Rally
Why: Declare Bradley Manning the People’s Grand Marshal of SF Pride
The reason why Gays Without Borders is proudly partnering with the Bradley Manning Support Network for the rally is to continue building on community support declaring him Grand Marshal of the SF Pride parade. Manning is the accused gay U.S. Army Private accused of divulging a massive amount of government documents to WikiLeaks.
He was originally chosen to be a Grand Marshal at Pride, but that honor was rescinded in secrecy by the board of directors of Pride, touching off a global outcry condemning the rescission and unleashing a flood of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender solidarity for Manning.
LGBT activists and straight allies will gather at Harvey Milk Plaza on Friday with enormous colorful banners demanding freedom for Manning and global gay solidarity. There will be an open mike session for people to comment about the importance of IDAHO, the Pride board’s rescission and express concerns for Manning as he prepares for trial.