Same-sex hand holding (Sshh!) Week 2010
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A Day In Hand announces 1st international
(Same-sex hand holding) Sshh! Week
on International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO)
Monday 17th May- Sunday 23rd May
Monday to Sunday, make your passion public. Your working week deserves a little affection!
A Day In Hand founder, David Watkins says, “Because IDAHO falls on a Monday this year, and because of the success of our popular Same-sex Hand Holding Saturdays, we have decided to create a Same-Sex Hand Holding Week starting on the International Day Against Homophobia May 17th. We continue receive more and more positive stories and photos from all over the world, of people who have held hands with someone of the same gender in public. Why limit the hand holding to a Saturday? Your working week deserves a little affection. It is also the birthday of the late Harvey Milk (seminal gay and lesbian rights activist) on Saturday 22nd May. What better way to mark this date than during International Same-Sex Hand Holding Week.”
Tony Fenwick, co-chair Schools Out and Gareth Thomas, Welsh rugby player
Gareth Thomas, Welsh rugby player endorses our campaign and says “Being out and visible is so important for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people because it allows our existence to be acknowledged in communities throughout the world. Holding hands with friends or your loved ones is a simple yet powerful act that sends clear messages that LGBT people are just like anyone else. I hope that A Day In Hand and IDAHO will inspire people to go public during the Same-sex hand holding Week starting May 17th. I find the site of lesbian and gay couples holding hands affirming and inspiring and I hope more couples can hold hands in public and lead the way in this silent revolution. A Day In Hand campaign continues to break down the boundaries of same-sex love.”
Where? The World
When? The first international Same-sex hand holding (Sshh) Week will begin on the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (Monday 17th May) and end Sunday 23rd May.
What? We are asking people to find someone of the same gender, and hold their hand in public. It may be for only 1 min or for the whole week! We would love people to have their photo taken holding hands and upload it to our website by sending to [email protected].
Who? The population (gay or straight, all faiths, genders, races, abilities, single or in a relationship). Supporters include Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig, Paul O’Grady, Brian Paddick, Amy Lame, Boy George, 4 Poofs and A Piano, London Mayor Boris Johnson and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, activists Peter Tatchell & Cleve Jones (Harvey Milk’s aide) have already endorsed the A Day In Hand campaign and many more will be holding hands on the first Sshh! Saturday.
Why? The images sent to [email protected] will be spread throughout the world via our website.
Watkins adds “Same-sex hand holding (Sshh!) is a silent revolution for LGBT people, because nothing needs to be said: no bold speeches, no reactive arguments, no war of words. Each LGBT person has the power to change the hearts and minds of people in their local community quietly, subtly, by simply holding hands publicly and owning their space. However, hand holding is a simple powerful gesture that can happen anywhere, at any time.”
Derek Lennard, IDAHO-UK Coordinator said “It is marvelous to be working with “A Day in Hand” again and sending out a positive message around the world that LGBT people are proud of who we are and who we love.”
hey well done for posting this
let's hope it gets a good following
i had lots of fun gettin complete strangers to hold my hand last time round as well as friends
and anything that gets people laughing is worth while
thanx for posting this :hug2: