#IDAHO Reappropriated to Push LGBT Respect and Awareness Internationally


When opening up Tweetdeck or Hootsuite this morning, you might have noticed that the hashtag "#Idaho" was seriously trending. But it has nothing to do with the Gem State.

The popular buzzword pushed out by Twitter users today commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia, a movement that originated in Paris, France, and is coordinated by the IDAHO Committee (which has nothing to do with the American-French potato trade).

On May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases, hence today's celebration.

But as organizers push out their message on social media with the popular #IDAHO hashtag, they seem to have overlooked our small corner of the world, inadvertently swiping the name of the 43rd state.

It's possible that the French overlooked the Larry Craig scandal, Idaho's failed Add the Words campaign and Frank Vandersloot, the national finance co-chairman for Mitt Romney's campaign who is often defending himself against claims that he's anti-gay.

So in response, we're suggesting Idahoans should band together under our own hashtag, #PARIS: People Against Really Ironic Socialmedia.

Below is a collection of Tweets with the hashtag #IDAHO: