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No place for discrimination against Trans community - Anderson

20 November, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said there is no place for discrimination against the trans community or any other group in society. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"This is international human rights week in the European Parliament and today also marks Transgender Day of Remembrance. 

"Despite rising awareness in recent years, unfortunately there is still discrimination against the trans community and incidents of transphobic crime in our society. 

"Much of this transphobic crime goes unreported and rates of self harm and suicide among trans and non-binary people are alarmingly high. 

"One way to tackle this problem is to ensure that all people are equal in the eyes of the law. Those who continue to block marriage equality are perpetuating inequality and discrimination. 

"The EU needs to take action too and I welcome moves to bring a motion to the European Parliament dedicated to the human rights of intersex people. 

"This is an important step and I commend the efforts of all those groups working to support trans people and to promote LGBTQI rights. 

"Inequality and discrimination cannot be tolerated and it is important that we send a message to those who are preventing equality that it is unacceptable."

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