Green Party MEP calls for greater equality ahead of IDAHO
Green MEP for London, Jean Lambert, has called for greater equality for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities ahead of next week’s International Day Against Homophobia.
Tue, 10 May 2011 15:37:58 GMT | Updated 2 years today
The comments come before a special European Parliament photo
exhibition, which marks the annual event.
The collection of images, taken by 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 queer
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, Lambert, 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
"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."