Today May 17th 2013, marks the 9th International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. Reports from many events around the world are already coming in, and many more announcements are expected today, as activities unfold in over 100 countries across the world.
Tomorrow Saturday 18th May is Lord Mayor’s Day in Plymouth and we will be with the Plymouth LGBT Archive at the Roland Levinsky Building from 9.30am raising awareness of the current issues in the UK and across the globe. Bring your rainbow flags for the PARADE that departs from the university at 1pm and then there is screening of Mamma Mia ahead of the live Eurovision contest being on the big screen at the piazza.
The IDAHO Committee, the organisation promoting the day worldwide, reminds us that 1.5 billion people live in countries that criminalise same-sex relations. It is widely admitted that people who have a predominantly same-sex attraction represent around 3% of the population. This means that 46 million people, the size of the population of Spain, are de facto outlawed and their loves lives made impossible.
Visit the Global Web Portal of the IDAHO committee for information about the actions being taken around the world and the repressive regimes that effect so many.
The Peter Tatchell Foundation website is packed with information and links to campaigns both UK and international. Pride in Plymouth has supported the Equal Love campaign since it’s launch in 2010. Here we are in 2013 with the same sex marriage bill progressing through parliament.
The Bill received overwhelming support at its House of Commons Second Reading – by 400 votes to 175 – and enjoyed cross party support at Committee Stage.
But there is still a long way to go. The Bill will now have what is known as Report Stage and Third Reading in the House of Commons on 20 and 21 May 2013.
Only last week it was reported that - A group of Conservative MPs has proposed a referendum to allow the public to vote on gay marriage in one of several amendments aimed at watering down the bill to legitimise same-sex weddings. More than 100 MPs may support the call for a referendum.
There has also been a series of amendments tabled that include measures to allow registrars to opt out if they have strong religious or principled objections to same-sex marriage. Religious schools and teachers would be given the right to refuse to teach the topic.
Read the article on The Guardian Website
Culture secretary Maria Miller is expected to offer guidance that teachers would not be expected to actively promote gay marriage and could even voice personal objections, although they would have to teach children that marriage between same-sex couples was within the law. THIS SOUNDS LIKE SECTION 28 ALL OVER AGAIN!
Writing to your MP has never been easier and we ask the you write to your MP asking them to support the bill and vote against any amendment that will introduce further inequality. You can contact your MP through the writetothem.com website.
For more information about the bill and its progress visit: The Stonewall Campaign Page
The bill and documentation can be found here: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/marriagesamesexcouplesbill/documents.html
May 17th is the day that homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisations International Classification of Diseases in 1992.