17 May 2019
Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) – an occasion to celebrate LGBTI+ people around the world and recognise their struggles for equality.
Jean Lambert, London’s Green MEP, said:
“During my 20 years as an MEP, it has been a privilege to see the European Parliament take steps towards protecting LGBTI+ rights – from implementing the Charter of Fundamental Rights, to combatting discrimination in the workplace.
But despite this progress, we still have a mountain to climb when it comes to countering homophobia, transphobia and biphobia – both outside the EU, and much closer to home.
It’s horrifying that attacks on the LGBTI+ community in my constituency of London have almost doubled since 2014 . Last year saw an unprecedented number of anti-LGBTI+ attacks in France , while legal protections for vulnerable groups in many other EU countries have slipped back .”
The EU must throw its weight behind new legislation to counter these threats. It must urgently expand current rights and protections, and finally implement a comprehensive anti-discrimination directive banning discrimination in all areas of social life.
I pledge to keep the spirit of IDAHOBIT alive 365 days a year – standing in solidarity with the LGBTI+ community worldwide, and calling out discrimination against these groups wherever it is found.”