UK Gets an Idaho Of Its Very Own 

That's right, as of this Friday, the United Kingdom will be home to a new arm of IDAHO. Of course, their version is quite different than ours. In some ways, it's even better. For instance, in the U.K., IDAHO is spelled with all capital letters--which is very dashing. Also, their IDAHO is opposed to homophobia. How do we know this? Because it stands for the International Day Against Homophobia.

You didn't know about IDAHO, you say? That's probably because the United States, unlike Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Israel, Italy, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, the Phillipines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Ukraine, Venezuela and now the U.K., does not have an IDAHO branch of its very own. IDAHO is scheduled for May 17, the 16th anniversary of when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. (Click over to www.idahomophoia.org for more info).

And in other name-game news, IDAHO is very angry with Moscow--but not because its football team stinks. IDAHO groups in five European countries marched in front of their respective Russian diplomatic offices last week to protest Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov's stated intention to ban a gay pride parade in the Russian capitol on May 27, according to the UK Gay News. The parade is planned to commemorate the 14th anniversary of Russian President Boris Yeltsin decriminalizing gay sexual relations in 1993. Luzkhov's plan met with support from leaders in Russian Islamic and Russian Orthodox churches, while the Council on Europe and several international human rights groups have requested that Luzhkov to reverse his stance and allow the march to happen.

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