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Meg supports day against homophobia

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), to be held on 17th May, has received the backing of Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn. A joint statement by Meg, Minister for Women and Equality, and Ian McCartney, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, pledged their support.

Meg said:


‘Since 1997 we have changed the law, and introduced new pieces of legislation, to help create a more reflective society in the UK. We equalised the age of consent in 2001, we repealed the discriminatory criminal offences of gross indecency and buggery in 2003, outlawed sexual discrimination in goods and services, and introduced civil partnerships to give same sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. All of these are positive steps toward reducing discrimination, and increasing equality and fairness in society ’

Ms Munn and Mr McCartney went on to say:

"We have both spoken in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual issues this year, including a speech to the UN Human Rights Council and Parliamentary debates on the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007."

"Nothing justifies the abuse of basic human rights and fundamental freedoms - neither culture, nor religion, nor tradition. The Government is committed to promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms in all its foreign policies as much as its domestic ones. We include the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people in these efforts. We hope the International Day Against Homophobia will encourage others to take similar steps."

Derek Lennard, the UK coordinator of IDAHO commented “We very much welcome this statement from the Government and believe it will encourage both organisers of IDAHO events around the country, and campaigners working very hard to bring a resolution to the United Nations for the Universal Decriminalisation of Homosexuality”.

There will be IDAHO events across the UK on 17th May 2007 - visit the IDAHO website for more details.

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