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GALHA and BHA support International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

Humanists around the world tomorrow will be marking the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The campaigning organisation Transgender Europe has issued a ‘Trans Right Europe Map’ as its contribution to this international campaign. The findings of the research demonstrate that European countries are not taking sufficient action to protect transgendered people efficiently against violence and discrimination. The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA), a section of the British Humanist Association (BHA) have called for more vigilance and proactive measures to protect against trans hate crime.

A spokesperson for GALHA LGBT Humanists commented ‘This report will chillingly remind our gay and lesbian members the discrimination many of us suffered 20 or 30 years ago in this country. We can only agree with the TGEU that ‘Trans people cannot wait any longer for the protection of their human rights’. GALHA recently held a Transphobia panel discussion in which members highlighted the discrimination and oppression that they still face today. We want to state our determination to campaign against transphobia at home and abroad

Pavan Dhaliwal, BHA Head of Public Affairs commented: ‘On the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we stand in solidarity with all those who suffer the physical and mental harm of prejudice, persecution and violence around the world, and deplore the inhumanity and irrational bigotry which motivates such hate.’

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For further comment or information contact Pavan Dhaliwal, Head of Public Affairs at pavan@humanism.org.uk or on 0773 843 5059.

The British Humanist Association is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. It promotes a secular state and equal treatment in law and policy of everyone, regardless of religion or belief.

 

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