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17 May - International Day against Homophobia

17-05-2007

17 May marks International Day against Homophobia (IDAHO). IDAHO is intended as an annual opportunity to evaluate progress and setbacks in the field of anti-discrimination. Its main goal is to articulate action and reflection in order to combat all physical, moral or symbolic violence related to sexual orientation or gender identity.

The European Parliament (EP) has been a consistent supporter of LGBT rights, and has tackled the issue of homophobia head-on.  The EP debated the issue in April 2007, and adopted a resolution voicing concern at the levels of homophobic violence in Europe and at recent developments in Poland in particular, where the Education Minister has stated his intention to introduce a law to outlaw 'homosexual propaganda' in schools. Parliament's resolution calls for a fact-finding mission to be sent to Poland, and for worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality. Observers in Strasbourg and Brussels are suggesting that the resolution is perhaps the toughest-ever passed on tackling homophobia.

The European Parliament (EP) has been a consistent supporter of LGBT rights, and has tackled the issue of homophobia head-on.  The EP debated the issue in April 2007, and adopted a resolution voicing concern at the levels of homophobic violence in Europe and at recent developments in Poland in particular, where the Education Minister has stated his intention to introduce a law to outlaw 'homosexual propaganda' in schools. Parliament's resolution calls for a fact-finding mission to be sent to Poland, and for worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality. Observers in Strasbourg and Brussels are suggesting that the resolution is perhaps the toughest-ever passed on tackling homophobia. Read the full text of the resolution.

Another example of the European Parliament's work against homophobia is its cross-party Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, which is officially sponsored by the Party of Reverse link define here :reverse_link_4_EP_Political_groupsEuropean Socialists (Reverse link define here :reverse_link_4_EP_Political_groupsPES), the European Greens (V/ALE), and the Reverse link define here :reverse_link_4_EP_Political_groupsAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (Reverse link define here :reverse_link_4_EP_Political_groupsALDE). The Intergroup works on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community and ensures that equal rights remains at the forefront of the Parliamentary Agenda. In addition, it intervenes, whenever possible, in incidents of homophobia both within the EU and beyond its borders. With nearly one hundred members and supporters - MEPs, political assistants, officials of different European institutions, lobbyists and representatives from non-governmental organisations - the Intergroup enjoys wide-range support.