■ Martin Helme: Homophobic outburst
TALLINN, January 13, 2005 – In an amazing homophobic outburst, the
Estonian Convervatives Club and its leader Martin Helme have published a
statement today which has shocked the country’s gays.
and his group are demanding that “anal sex between men – and public display
of one's homosexuality (holding hands, kissing etc) – be criminalized”.
the statement, Conservatives also stress that the “homosexuals have started
an attack against the normal families and common values and encourage people
to accept something that should not be accepted”.
Conservatives Club asks Estonians to “boycott enterprises and media that
justify or propagate homosexual lifestyle”.
“Estonian gay-activists are sincerely amazed that such a statement can be
freely published in twenty-first century Europe,” commented Lisette Kampus,
a leading LGBT activist.
are anxiously waiting for the comments of the politicians and relevant
Ministers and other officials,” she added.
Brussels, ILGA-Europe expressed concern today.
“ILGA-Europe is concerned with homophobic statements by some Estonian
politicians,” said Juris Lavrikovs, the group’s Information and
statements once again proved that homophobia is still a serious issue in
some of the newest EU member states.
“ILGA-Europe calls on the Estonian authorities and politicians to respect
the European Union’s fundamental principles and values of equality and
non-discrimination and instead of fuelling homophobia, address inequalities
faced by the Estonian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and
provide all Estonians with respect and dignity,” he told UK Gay News