Today marks the 9th annual International Day Against Homophobia, the anniversary of the date 23 years ago that the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. In Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson made a surprise visit to the annual Qmunity breakfast fundraiser and made an official proclamation of the event, and I am reminded how fortunate we are here in Lotus Land. My own member of parliament and one of the LGBT heroes of Beyond Gay, Libby Davies, also made an official statement. It’s refreshing to know our politicians aren’t afraid to show their support, as news rolls in from activists in Russia and Georgia of violence and protests at events in those countries. Even more troubling is the fact that IDAHO’s official website was hacked by homophobes and forced to shut down.
But as Spring unfolds at home, requests for Beyond Gay to screen are coming in. Every opportunity to screen the film is a great one but I can’t tell you where just yet because their programs are still in the works. Think Vancouver Island, the UK and Eastern Europe. Thanks to all the Prides and Queer Film Festivals for your continued support and I will announce places and dates soon. As usual June is going to be another big month for the film.
See you at the movies!