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Equality proofing of housing policy essential to ending LGBT discrimination – Ellis

17 May, 2012 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Dessie Ellis TD has called for increased measures to equality proof housing policy in order to insure and end to mistreatment of LGBT people when seeking their rights and entitlements. He made his comments as part of discussions taking place for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Deputy Ellis continued;

“Everyone has a right to be treated fairly and to feel safe. This is especially so when dealing with institutions of state and seeking to avail of our rights. This is not the case though often for a great many people in this state, particularly members of the LGBT community.

“Homophobic and Transphobic abuse is still a serious problem in our society and social housing must be equipped to deal with this by supporting LGBT people to find safe accommodation while respecting their life, sexuality and gender. The provision of social housing needs to be developed to address issues like targeting of LGBT people by anti-social elements and make equality proofing a core element to policy making.

“LGBT groups must be included in consultation with Local Authorities and the Department of Environment. Their interests and their protection must not be overlooked.

“It was not long ago that in this state to be gay, lesbian or transgender was incredibly difficult and legislatively discriminated against very harshly. That situation is now thankfully looking more and more a part of history but we must continue to strive to make being LGBT as easy as being any other part of our diverse and rich community.” ENDS

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