Macapá City Hall launches campaign to combat LGBTphobia in Diversity Month – Macapá City Hall

Programming begins on Tuesday (17) in Praça da Bandeira | Photo: Archive / PMM

The symbolic act of raising the LGBT flag, a diversity exhibition and recording artists from the diversity sector at the Central Market, are part of the launch of the Macapá City Hall campaign against LGBTphobia, in reference to the international history of anti-bias. In 2022, the second edition bears the subject of “LGBTphobia. You don’t have to fight and plan actions for the entire month of May.

The opening takes place at 8 a.m. on Praça da Bandeira, in the central region, with an official ceremony to raise the rainbow flag, a symbol of resistance to movement. The event will be attended by members of the LGBTQIA+ community and a squad from the Macapá Municipal Civil Guard (GCMM). At this opportunity, the full program of the campaign will be presented.

Activity continues at Macapá Central Market, 4pm, with LGBT artists registered in the Municipal System of Cultural Information and Indicators, of the Foundation for Municipal Culture (Fumcult), facilitating access for cultural actors to public policies aimed at segments. For this activity, photo documentation, proof of residence and wallet are required.

A symbolic act to raise the LGBT flag in Macapa in 2021 | Photo: Archive / PMM

Ongoing programming in the Tourist District with the Diversity Fair, which presents handmade products produced by people from the LGBTQIA+ community, a municipality-level anti-LGBTphobia conversation circle and artistic presentations.

With the aim of combating prejudice and assessing the lives of the LGBTQIA+ community, the campaign is organized by the Municipal Coordinator of Diversity Policies, under the management of the Municipal Human Rights Secretariat (SemDH).

It is a campaign to fight to eradicate prejudice. We know the battle is daily, but we are on the right track, striving to ensure the respect and dignity of the LGBT community,” commented the Municipal Secretary for Human Rights, Suriya Al-Hosn.

The Diversity Month program also has the support of Municipal Secretariats for Mobilization, People’s Participation, Social Assistance (Semas), Health, Social Communication, Agriculture, Planning, Budget and Information Technology, as well as the Municipal Institute of Tourism (MacapaTur) and Fumcult.

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In 2021, the campaign carried the slogan “Respect and welcome diversity. Macapá is a city that fights LGBTphobia”. The proceedings began in May, but extended into the rest of the year, keeping the campaign going. In all, 634 LGBT people received social assistance, health, sports, and cultural services.

“The second edition of the campaign affirms the commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community, strengthening the struggle for the visibility and inclusion of all,” explains Municipal Diversity Policy Coordinator, Edem Jardim.

International Day
May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, and it was on that date, in 1990, that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Check the schedule:

May 17 (Tuesday)
8 am – Official launch of the campaign by raising the LGBTQIA+ flag, in Praça da Bandeira;
4 pm – Diversity fair selling products from LGBTQIA+ artisans and artists, in front of Macapá Central Market;
4 pm – Registration of LGBTQIA + artists in the municipal system of cultural information and indicators, in the central market;
17 hours – Round table on the fight against homophobia at the municipal level, in the Central Market;
18 hours – Art shows in the central market.

May 24 (Tuesday)
8:30 am – Citizenship Procedures in the Northern District Centro de Artes e Esportes Unificados (CEU das Artes), with an offer of modernization and new services from Cadastro Único (CadÚnico), the Psychosocial Care and Conversation Departments.

May 28 (Saturday)
8:30 am – The LGBTQIA+ Community Mental Health Symposium for Health Workers, at the Universidade do Estado do Amapá (Ueap) auditorium;
18 hours – Itinerant health work on Mendonca Furtado Street, next to the Nossa Senhora da Conceição cemetery, with the offer of testing for Covid-19 and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as psychological reception, counseling and distribution of condoms.

May 31 (Tuesday)
4 pm – Diversity Fair at Macapa Central Market;
18 hours – Presentations by artists from the LGBTQIA+ community at Macapa Central Market.

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