Recently awarded with the Social Enterprise Mark, the LGBT Excellence Centre is launching the “I’m going to…” global campaign to raise awareness about sexual orientation and gender identity to transform life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the world.
The campaign will launch to coincide with International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on 17 May 2011 and will record people’s contributions through the new LGBT Excellence Centre’s website www.lgbtec.org.uk and its social networks.
International Rugby Referee and LGBT Excellence Centre’s patron Nigel Owens said: “The fight against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia it isn’t just about eradicating issues like discrimination, bullying, harassment and hate crime in the UK. In more than 80 countries in the world, loving someone from the same sex is still considered illegal, at times involving life-time imprisonment and in 7 countries, homosexual acts are even punishable by death. “I’m going to…” offers everyone an opportunity to do do something to put an stop to all these despicable hatred”.
“I’m going to…” is looking for people around the world to commit themselves to ONE pledge that will help LGBT people achieve a better life and improve equality. The pledge can be anything: from supporting a person they know, to help fundraising, to disseminating information.
Chief Executive Officer and finalist for the Leading Wales Awards, Federico Podeschi said: “We believe that if everyone committed themselves to one action to improve life for LGBT people, the collective result would certainly make a difference. The fight for LGBT equality does not have to be such a huge effort, if everyone took responsibility for one action. We hope for our campaign to receive pledges from all over the world, to show how truly amazing the result can be and to reach other to those LGBT people from around the world that are facing persecution and criminalisation.”
The “I’m going to…” campaign has a forum on www.lgbtec.org.uk for people to record their pledge for everyone to see, but pledges can also be submitted via YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter and all the links are provided on the LGBT Excellence Centre’s website.