Keith Taylor MEP supports LGBTI rights for #IDAHOBIT2017

On the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Keith Taylor MEP has reiterated his commitment to supporting the promotion of human rights.

The European Union has taken the lead in good progress on LGBTI rights. In all 28 Member States, LGBTI people are protected against discrimination in employment law; the EU offers asylum to refugees outside of its borders, who are targeted based on the sexual orientation or gender identity; and in December 2016, a report was adopted by the European Parliament (EP) which afforded anti-discrimination, freedom of movement, family rights and increased health protections to LGBTI persons. Not to mention the inclusive recommendations of the Urtasun Report regarding trans and intersex rights, authored by Keith’s colleague, Spanish MEP Ernest Urtasun, which was adopted by the EP in March 2017.

Yet, in spite of all this, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity still exists at all levels. The NGO Hazte Oir’s attacks on the transsexual community in Spain over legislation intended to extend LGBTI protections and the recent abhorrent purges of homosexual and perceived homosexual persons in Chechnya are sharp reminders of the widespread bigotry that still exists in our societies.

Keith said:

“Discriminating against a person because of their sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, is senseless and harmful. A person should not be treated differently for whom they love or how they identify or choose to express themselves.

I strongly condemn all acts and expressions of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. We have an obligation to create fair, equal, tolerant and loving societies. By working with our neighbours in the EU, we have the best chance of winning the global fights for equality.

As part of the European Parliament’s LGBTI Rights Intergroup, I will continue working for a world free of homophobic and transphobic prejudice, whilst not forgetting the continued discrimination faced by many. LGBTI rights are HUMAN rights! And let us not forget that.”