Families across New South Wales are invited to attend a celebration marking International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) in Parramatta on Sunday, May 6.

The family day, hosted by the NSW branch of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), will include a special performance by Macquarie Grammar School students, followed by the launch of the OutPostChoir campaign by the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir at 1pm.

PFLAG members will then share personal stories and open the Parramatta Town Hall as a living library to members of the general public.

The family day marks the start of IDAHO’s 2012 celebrations, which will continue on May 17 with the launch of the Emergence IDAHO exhibition at Quirk-ability Gallery in Parramatta. More than 40 local artists and secondary schools will explore homophobia, identity and family through art, showing new works at the gallery until May 26.

The 2012 exhibition and campaign visits Western Sydney for the first time, with a focus on supporting new groups such as Muslims Against Homophobia and Wear It Purple. The exhibition will be officially launched with a reception at the gallery on May 17, 6-8pm.

INFO: www.emergence2012.com

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