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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Green MEP demands greater equality for LGBT communities ahead of International Day Against Homophobia

Green MEP for London, Jean Lambert, has called for greater equality for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities ahead of a special European Parliament photo exhibition held to mark next week’s International Day Against Homophobia.

The collection of images, taken by esteemed photographer Charles Meacham, forms a photo exploration of Pride marches throughout Europe, celebratory events held to promote diversity and equality as well as to foster a sense of community within the LGBT population.

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.  The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) provides a platform for everyone to make a powerful statement to demand improvements for the quality of life for LGBT people.

Speaking ahead of the event, Jean, a member of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, said: “While the UK has made significant progress in creating equality before the law, many European citizens still suffer homophobic attacks, abuse and mistreatment.  We all have a role to play in developing a society in which this kind of intolerance and violence is rejected outright.

“IDAHO gives us all the opportunity to celebrate diversity and equality.  The European Union must ensure that all LGBT individuals can live free from fear and oppression by taking a firm stance against homophobia and discrimination and fostering a positive shift in public attitudes and behaviour.”

Notes to Editors

1. The Walk with Pride photo exhibition will be displayed in the LOW Building, Strasbourg, from the 9th to the 12th May 2011.