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IDAHO 2010

May 17, 2010

Via International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

In more than 80 countries around the world, homosexual acts are still illegal. Sometimes the law dictates life imprisonment. In seven countries the death penalty may be applied.

Even in countries where homosexuality is not illegal, discrimination and physical assault is more than frequent. It is even worse for trans people who are particularly exposed, and for lesbians, who are particularly made invisible. In some countries, there is a positive progress, but it is fragile. In others, the situation is worse every year.

Each year, for May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia reminds everybody there is a need for action. It is celebrated through actions (exhibitions, screenings, debates, shows, TV or radio programs, etc.), and promoted by individuals, organizations, institutions, cities, governments in more than 60 countries, on every continent, from Albania to Zimbabwe.

Today, for May 17th, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we ask:

• all political leaders to fight by any means against violence and discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity;

• all citizens to use this day to encourage hope, diversity and peace in the world, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

IDAHO Committee

Here in the UK Theresa May has been given the role of Minister for Women and Equalities, a role she is shamefully and patently unsuitable for. Make your voice heard in opposing this appointment here, here and any which way you can. Or you can just sit back and allow discrimination to continue, as May will do, and pretend not to notice when your gay and/or trans friends and loved ones are abused. May’s unsuitable appointment hasn’t been made by mistake, and neither has Phillipa Stroud’s.   The Government Equalities Office website states ‘GEO leads across Government on sexual orientation and transgender equality policy.’ I don’t want May’s views to lead across Government or anywhere else.

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