Green Euro MP Jean Lambert will tomorrow call for progress on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights as she pledges her support for the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) during the European Year of Equal Opportunities.
Over 75 countries around the world still punish men, women and children for their sexuality and homophobia causes misery for LGBT communities in many more countries.
Jean Lambert, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, has condemned such actions and said IDAHO gives everyone a chance to make a stand against homophobia and show support for LGBT communities around the world.
Jean commented; “This is the European Year of Equal Opportunities and while the UK has made significant progress in creating equality before the law, aiming to stamp out homophobia, there has been a rise in homophobic sentiments and attacks across Europe. Some people have been killed and many ostracised simply for being who they are and this rise is unacceptable.
“In some countries Government statements have fanned the fires of hate. We all have a role to play in developing a climate in which this kind of intolerance and violence is rejected outright.
“Standing together, IDAHO gives us all the opportunity to celebrate diversity. The European Union should now ensure LGBT communities can enjoy their rights and our government should be arguing for equality world wide.”