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Walk With Pride: A one year project to document gay pride marches around the globe to bring a spotlight on the Gay Rights movement. The exhibit opened at over 20 international cities this month and is showing locally at Guayaki Yerbe Mate Bar, 6782 Sebastopol Avenue, in Sebastopol. The hours of the exhibition are Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the Closing Reception June 9th from 5-7pm.

Each year pride festivals are held around the globe with the purpose of empowering those in the LGBT community to be proud of their sexual orientation & gender identity, and to increase their visibility within the wider community. Annual pride marches have become a powerful part of pride festivals, as they serve as a positive and entertaining way to unite a diverse group of people, while bringing out family, friends, and heterosexual supporters in a demonstrative show of solidarity.

However, prides can be very different depending where they are held. In some countries, it is not only difficult to hold pride marches, but dangerous as participants face the threats of physical attacks and arrest in order to march. The images that make up the "Walk With Pride" (WWP) photo collection were taken by photographer Charles Meacham during the 2009 and 2010 pride season, and showcase 15 different global prides.

The images reveal the diversity of pride, as well as the extent homophobia can manifest itself within societies. The WWP project is currently partnering with the IDAHO Committee to organize exhibitions of this collection in over 20 cities around the world in awareness of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), which is May 17th.

Walk With Pride ... the Photo Exhibition is in Sebastopol

Opened May 17, 2011 at Guayaki Yerbe Mate Bar Closing Reception, Thursday - June 9th from 5-7pm.
Hours of the exhibition: Monday - Friday 11am-3pm
(closed Saturday and Sunday)
LOCATION: 6782 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone 707-824-6644.

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Walk With Pride
This is a gay issue.
This is a straight issue.
This is a Human Rights issue

Charles Meacham, WWP Photographer
Sarah Baxter, WWP Project Manager
www.walkwithpridenow.com
All inquiries to: wwpproject@yahoo.com

About the WWP Founders
Charles ÎChadâ Meacham is an American photographer currently based in New York City. Over the last 10 years, Chadâs projects have won recognition from some of the photography industryâs top judges. He has received over 20 international photography awards including those from National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, the IPA, PX3, and PDN magazines.

Already several of the homophobia images from this collection have received Honorable Mention status in the 2010 IPA awards, a professional level global competition with over 20,000 entries. The WWP project was co-founded by Sarah Baxter, who served as the projectâs coordinator and blogger. Outside of taking the images, she did everything else possible to make this project happen.

About the IDAHO Committee
Louis-Georges Tin, a French university lecturer, founded the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, IDAHO, in 2004. The IDAHO Committeeâs objective is to use the Day for global awareness, and mobilization by activists, to promote social change. The committee supports local organizations to develop strategies in advocacy, awareness raising, and public campaigning around the Day. They also believe that media attention the Day receives can be used to promote these local events, while spreading a universal message against homophobia and transphobia.

> The IDAHO Committee decided to make the exhibition of Walk With Pride images a global initiative for 2011. They are currently helping to organize exhibitions in over 20 cities across the globe, including this show at the Guayaki headquarters in Sebastopol.

To learn more about IDAHO please visit their website at:
www.dayagainsthomophobia.org