■ Meg Munn,
■ Evan Harris, MP
LONDON, April 6, 2006 –
Statements of support from UK political parties have provided a major boost
to campaigners for an International Day Against Homophobia, in time for the
big launch of IDAHO-UK tomorrow (April 7).
For the Government Meg Munn, Deputy
Minister for Women and Equality, said that she fully supported “the work of
the International Day Against Homophobia campaign to increase awareness on
the legal and human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people
across the globe”.
“The UK government recognises the
discrimination that many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people face
in their day to day lives and we are committed to tackling it, just as we
want to encourage and develop the conditions for a fair and just society for
“We are working hard to improve the
lives of lesbians, gay, bisexuals and transsexuals in the UK, and I hope the
International Day Against Homophobia will encourage others to take similar
steps. I look forward to marking this day on May 17 from this year onwards.
For the Conservatives, Eleanor
Laing, Shadow Minister for Women and Equality, added: “The fact that we can
celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia is a clear indication of
the way in which the whole attitude of society has changed.
“There is a long way to go but I am
confident that right across the political divide we are working for a fair
and equal society”.
Evan Harris for the Liberal
Democrats said that “homophobia is an increasing problem in Europe and
remains prevalent in many parts of the world.
“Liberal Democrats want to see
further steps to tackle prejudice, bullying and discrimination both in the
UK and abroad, and we give our whole-hearted backing to the International
Day Against Homophobia.”
The principal speakers for the
Green Party, Caroline Lucas MEP and Councillor Keith Taylor also spoke of
their “enthusiastic support” of IDAHO, saying that it “will play an
important part in celebrating our vision of a world of equality, tolerance,
The launch meeting of IDAHO-UK
takes place tomorrow, Friday April 7, between 6-8.30pm at Amnesty
International UK, The
Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.
directions are provided by Amnesty on the website)
IDAHO-UK Launches With Reading of
Dramatisation of ‘Rid England of this Plague’. The formal launch of the UK arm of International Day
Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on Friday will include a look back to England in
the 1950s and the “purge of gays”. (UK Gay News, April 4, 2006)
IDAHO international website