London's Green MEP, Jean Lambert today showed her support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community at the launch of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).
With homosexual acts still forbidden by law in at least 80 countries around the world Jean, who is a member of European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian rights, spoke of the importance of eliminating homophobia completely. Speaking at the event Jean said; "Everyone is equal whatever their sexuality, gender or race. It is vital that we ensure LGBT communities around the world are granted their basic human rights they are entitled to.
"Recent situations in EU countries such as Poland and Latvia, has seen homophobic behaviour tolerated. There is absolutely no excuse for a modern Europe to make allowances for this. If we are serious about justice then we need to ensure Europe does not see homophobic acts as acceptable and continues to protect those with their lives in danger.
"The International Day Against Homophobia celebrated today is a real step forward for equality and a modern, democratic view towards LGBT communities throughout the EU and the rest of the world."
Jean joined Louis-Georges Tin - founder of the International Day Against Homophobia Michael Cashman MEP and Evan Harris MP.
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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.
IDAHO: The main goal of IDAHO is to articulate action and reflection
in order to combat all physical, moral or symbolic violence related to sexual
orientation or gender identity. The day is marked every year on May 17th because
that was the day the World Health organisation finally removed homosexuality
from its list of mental disorders.