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O’Brien calls for solidarity with LGBT community on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

17 May, 2012 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Justice and Equality Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien today commended the LGBT groups that appeared before the Oireachtas Justice, Equality and Defence Committee and called for solidarity with the LGBT community on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“I commend those LGBT groups that presented to the Oireachtas Justice, Equality and Defence Committee on the issue of bullying, and I would strongly urge all of the government departments to take heed of what they said. While there may have been progress made in combatting homophobic bullying in schools, there is still a huge amount of work that has be done to combat transphobic bullying.

“There is no gender recognition legislation in this State that will allow trans people to be recognised in their preferred gender and I would urge the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to refer to the developments in Argentina, who have passed what may well be a model of international best practice legislation, and introduce much needed gender recognition legislation as a matter of urgency.

“The government must recognise that allowing discrimination to continue on, embedded in Irish society, such as allowing for employers to discriminate on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or transgender status because of a school’s ethos, is in no way conducive to ensuring equality.

“I am calling on all Departments and Ministers to work together to eradicate whatever vestiges of discrimination against LGBT people that still exist, and I would call on all members of the public to show solidarity and combat and speak out against homophobia and transphobia wherever they see it.”


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