LGBT rights are not negotiable: equality and equity now!
May 14 is marked as the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. Common to all three words, the “phobia”, is the aversion and discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or sexual identity. May 14 therefore marks our common fight for LGBT rights, equity and awareness.
With few exceptions, Europe has a long way to go in its respect for LGBT rights and in its guarantee of LGBT equality. The annual report of ILGA-Europe shows a divided Europe: on average, north-west Europe has developed a very positive ‘social climate’ against LGBT people, but in the south-east, human rights violations remain prevalent.
However, Europe has been making substantial progress. OECD’s report on LGBT inclusiveness shows a significant increase in almost all countries, compared to just a couple decades ago. This would have been good news if all countries were on a positive trajectory. But Greece, the country hit the hardest by neoliberal policies, exhibited a strong decline in homosexuality acceptance rates!
At DiEM25, we believe in equal rights for all people — and we believe that LGBT rights will always remain in jeopardy as long as racism and discrimination are cultivated by austerity and anti-democratic repression. All of these problems are interconnected: we need to fight for holistic, commonly-developed, progressive agendas and reforms throughout Europe — to restore democracy and achieve equity and full equality, irrespective of sexual orientation or sexual identity. Join us!
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