Stephen Gilbert, the Liberal Democrat MP for St. Austell and Newquay, has sponsored a new Early Day Motion in Parliament. The motion supports the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17th May, and states:
“That this House welcomes the annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May 2011; supports those local authorities, police, health authorities and voluntary organisations who will mark this day with events, campaigns and statements of support; further supports the raising of the rainbow flag to reaffirm that homophobia and transphobia are unacceptable wherever they occur, whether in the UK or around the world; and calls on the Government to bring full equality to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the UK and to actively encourage equality for LGBT people around the world.”
Gilbert said, “Around the world gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people continue to experience discrimination and prejudice at home, at school, in the office and in the street and it’s time this changed. Equality for the LGBT community isn’t an optional extra for Governments around the world – it’s time that the community was treated with the same respect and enjoyed the same rights and opportunities as the straight community.”
LGBT Lib Dems are encouraging MPs from all parties to sign the Early Day Motion to show support; the British Humanist Association, who also support the motion, have set up a website for people to contact their MPs on this issue.