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Ludford: International action needed on Homophobic Bullying and Discrimination

May 17, 2012 12:01 AM
Sarah Ludford MEP (left) with Evelyne Paradis, Europe Executive Director of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)

Sarah Ludford MEP with Evelyne Paradis, Europe Executive Director of ILGA

On International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford has given her support to young LGBT people suffering from bullying or discrimination at school.

Sarah has taken part in a video message from European leaders to gay and lesbian youngsters, telling them how they are working to 'make things better.' She commented:

"Growing up is difficult enough, but for those coming to terms with being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender it is made much harder by bullying or isolation at school. Many are at greater risk from mental and physical health problems and some even attempt suicide.

"Liberal Democrats scored a significant success by getting our 2010 manifesto commitment to tackle homophobic bullying included in the Coalition Agreement. The Government has made anti-bullying guidelines clearer and stronger, and is involving LGBT organisations such as Stonewall in promoting equality and diversity in schools. The more children can be educated about difference, the fewer victims there will be."

Adrian Trett, chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, added "On IDAHO in particular it is important to recognise the deadly danger that homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and other discrimination brings to sexual and gender minorities right across the world. We must look at what this country can do to bring about genuine international equality.

"We must use our influence to eradicate this discrimination worldwide, while simultaneously making our country a shining example of a liberal society where people simply have the freedom to be."