A Call to Prayer and Action for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia {IDAHO}

  • A Call to Prayer and Action


International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia {IDAHO}

May 17, 2012


Each year on May 17th people around the globe together lift their voices in calling for respect and equality for LGBTI people.


Initiated in 2004 by the French academic, Louis-Georges Tin, the date coincides with the 1990 removal of homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization, and has grown to include participants in over 70 nations.  The Parliament of the European Union and the governments of Spain, Belgium, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, France, Luxemburg and Brazil officially commemorate the day.


This year in the Philippines there will be a march to the Commission of Human Rights to present a list of those who have fallen victim to hate crimes, and MCC of Quezon City will sponsor the 3rd annual Flores de Mayo LGBT Pride March in Manila.


  • In Morocco, Gay Maroc, an LGBT organization, will launch a national campaign to repeal Article 489, which criminalizes same sex relationships.
  • In New South Wales PFLAG will host a day commemorating the families of LGBT people.
  • In China, Hong Kong and Taiwan an IDAHO lesson kit will be distributed and a SAFE ZONE program to create friendly campuses for LGBT students will be initiated.
  • In Kenya, Women Working with Women will host a sports tournament between LGBT teams and allies.


Many will march, demonstrate and speak out for an end to violence and in promotion of peaceful coexistence among diverse populations, calling for unity and equality.


This year the Global Justice Institute, a joint ministry of Metropolitan Community Churches and The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, is calling all our churches and communities of faith to observe IDAHO by hosting a Prayer Vigil that day or designating the Sunday before or after May 17th as IDAHO SUNDAY.


Together MCC and TFAM have congregations and groups in over 40 countries and we can be a powerful and prayerful voice for ending criminalization laws and promoting social, political and religious policies that guarantee equality for  God’s LGBTI children.


An on-line video about IDAHO, suitable for educational purposes is available in English {https://player.vimeo.com/video/41191271}, in Spanish {https://vimeo.com/41429156} and in French {https://player.vimeo.com/video/41191281}. — In addition to the video, a resources for liturgical use follow this letter.


Together, we can make May 17th and the Sundays surrounding it days when the voices of LGBT people and our allies around the globe are lifted in praise for the gift of our lives and in petition for the day when the earth will be at peace with its own diversity.


In solidarity,

The Rev. Pat Bumgardner                                                               The Rev. Joseph Tolton
Executive Director                                                                             Director of African Affairs
Global Justice Institute                                                                     Global Justice Institute
Metropolitan Community Churches                                              The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries





Scriptural Texts:                                                                   Isaiah 56: 1-8    A House of Prayer for All People
                                                                                                        Micah 6:8          What does God ask of us?  Only this….
                                                                                                        Joel 2:12-14      Come back to me with all your heart….
                                                                                                       Amos 5:24         Let justice flow like a mighty stream….
                                                                                                       Esther 4:12-14  For such a time as this….
                                                                                                       Psalm 89:14      Righteousness and justice support your throne
                                                                                                       Matthew 8:5-13  Healing of the gay soldier’s lover
                                                                                                       Matthew 10:1-15  Jesus commission’s the disciples; it will go better for 
                                                                                                                                      Sodom and Gomorrah than for those who did not receive you.


Hymns:                                                                                    Caridad y Comprension                                      Let There be Peace on Earth
                                                                                                     Coming to Our Own                                             Lift Every Voice and Sing
                                                                                                     Come Let Us Dream                                             O Freedom
                                                                                                     Bring Many Names                                              Once to Every One and Nation
                                                                                                     Go Ye Therefore                                                    Pueblo Libre
                                                                                                     Dona Nobis Pacem                                              The Voice of God is Calling
                                                                                                     Every Time I Feel the Spirit                               This Little Light of Mine
                                                                                                     For the Healing of the Nations                          We Shall Overcome
                                                                                                     God Make Me a Means of Your Peace             We’ve Come This Far by Faith
                                                                                                     I Have Decided to Follow Jesus                        When Israel was in Egypt Land
                                                                                                    In Christ there is no East or West                      You’ve Got the Whole World


Prayer:                                 O God,
                                                Today we join our voices with those of LGBT people and our allies
                                                around the globe
                                                in both thanking you for the diversity of creation
                                                and praying for the safety and protection of all life.
                                                You know the many Pharoahs we face as a people ~
                                                                LGBT people in Russia dare not speak a word of affirmation without fear
                                                                of imprisonment;
                                                                our people in Uganda live under the pending threat of a law that would
                                                                put them to death.
                                                                {Here in …. *insert your local situation.}
                                                Long ago, You spoke to Oppressors everywhere with the call to “Let my people go.”
                                                Help us today to find ways to make that call ring in the ears of religious and social and
                                                political leaders everywhere.
                                                Help us to take that call to heart ourselves, so that every word we speak, every deed
                                                we do might be of use to You and Your plan for all creation coming to know
                                                the glorious freedom of the Children of God.
                                                We make this prayer trusting in the name and the vision of Jesus the Christ.  +Amen