The tenth annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) is a time for the UK to celebrate diversity and the positive steps that have been taken on equal rights, says East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson.
IDAHOT on May 17th will see events marked in 120 countries globally. The UK is a world leader in promoting equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people, and Jo is proud to be part of a government that has passed landmark equality legislation.
Commenting, Jo said:
“People should have the right to be treated fairly and equally, regardless of their sexual orientation. The Liberal Democrats were the first major political party to support equal marriage, and we have a long history of standing up for LGB&T rights. I was so proud to be the Equalities Minister at the time of the first equal marriage ceremonies in England and Wales in March. I look forward to same sex couples being able to marry in Scotland later this year.
“We still have a long way to go to change some attitudes in this country and globally. The UK must continue to lead the way and not be held back by the voices against change.
“Locally, I am pleased to see East Dunbartonshire Council are taking LGB&T issues seriously, such as by holding events to support older LGB&T people and making efforts to identify health and wellbeing issues in these groups.”