Green MEP Jean Lambert has today given her support to the second International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) and emphasised the importance of eliminating homophobia from the world completely.
Jean, who is a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights said the day would give hope and encouragement to Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Communities in those countries still allowing discrimination and homophobic behaviour. Jean said; "IDAHO gives us all a chance to make a stand against homophobia and show our support for all LGBT Communities across the UK and Europe.
"Everyone is equal regardless of their sexuality, gender or race and even though the UK has made significant progress to stamp out homophobia, at least 80 countries around the world still forbid homosexual acts by law. Some are killed, many attacked and even more are ostracised for simply being who they are.
"This cannot be seen as acceptable and the events held today and across the weekend really will demonstrate that these attitudes will no longer be tolerated. Standing together we can celebrate diversity and ensure LGBT communities have the rights they deserve."
With a range of events taking place around the world today and across the weekend
IDAHO marks the 16th Anniversary of the day the World Health Organisation removed
homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. The day aims to raise awareness
of the homophobic attitudes many people are still subjected to.
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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament