Yesterday marked International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). This day aims to raise awareness of violence, discrimination and repression of LGBTQIA+ communities worldwide.
Meath based Senator, Annie Hoey, who is bisexual, told the Seanad she was “very lucky to be able to stand up in my national parliament as one of our out parliamentarians in International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia. It wasn’t that long ago that I wouldn’t have been able to do that”.
In her speech in the Seanad, she stated: “May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia. This is the day that celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally and raises awareness to combat discrimination”.
“All LGBTQIA+ people around the world deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and to live free from discrimination, violence and persecution”.
“In Ireland, we pride ourselves on having progressive laws that protect LGBTQIA+ people and we are considered a beacon internationally. So, we do lead by example, but we also must look at how we can improve things here too. In particular we need equal rights for families”.
“Internationally we must be key players in education, fighting prejudice, discrimination and violence. Trans rights are human rights, and transphobia can get into the sea and then some!”
“I would like to take a moment to wish happy International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia to my friends, family and fellow LGBTQIA+ parliamentarians”.