The Rainbow Chorus is a regular, enthusiastic supporter of community events and has worked for many years to raise the profile of the local LGBT community. On Sunday, 17th May, 2015, the Rainbow’s performed to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) in Brighton. The Rainbow’s sang moving renditions of Homophobia, Let the River Run, Were You There and Autumn Leaves/Fly Me to The Moon.
IDAHOBIT commemorates May 17th in 1990 when the World Health Organization finally removed homosexuality from it’s list of mental illnesses. As of April 2015, 73 countries still have laws criminalizing homosexuality. Very few countries recognise LGBT people as having comprehensive, equal rights under the law and in all spheres of socio-economic-political life. Of those countries which have some equality legislation, only a handful recognise transgender people without requiring sterilization for legal change.
This year, IDAHOBIT was a well-supported and moving event, and it was encouraging to see so many people (including community leaders) come together to recognise this important day. There was thought provoking and moving poetry from Alice Denney, celebratory songs from A J Paterson and foot taping sounds from Son Son. The Rainbow Chorus was well received and closed the event with ‘Let the River Run’.