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Anderson speaks out against homophobia

21 May, 2013 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson was today in Strasbourg to attend a European Parliament event marking International Day Against Homophobia (May 17th).

 Martina Anderson said:

 "As a member of the European Parliament's intergroup on LGBT I am proud to be able to stand up for the rights of the LGBT community

"In 2013, we live in a society which is markedly improved in the field of LGBT rights but there remains much to be done on this issue.

"When citizens are still experiencing discrimination, hate and even violence based on their sexual orientation we cannot claim that we are a society of equals.

"In the North of Ireland, there are unfortunately still too many examples of such homophobia in both society and indeed politics as we recently saw when right-wing elements joined forces to veto the Sinn Féin marriage equality bill in the Assembly.

"Indeed, with the recent news that research has shown that gay people are shockingly seven times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexuals in Ireland, we must do much more to ensure that discrimination, fear and a sense of isolation of one section of our community is eradicated.    CRÍOCH

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