As of 2004, 17 May has become a day to draw the attention of public opinion to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQIA people all over the world. The date was chosen to mark the day on which, in 1990, the World Health Organisation (WHO) decided to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
For SOLIDAR the fight against homophobia is part of the general principle that we should oppose any form of discrimination and defend social, cultural, economic and human rights.
On 17 May ILGA-Europe launched its 2017 Rainbow Europe package which gives an annual review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersexual people in Europe. ILGA-Europe concludes from the review that progress is still being made but it is slowing down and is at risk. They therefore call upon Europe for more political courage to protect those rights and to encourage progress in new forms and new places.
Yesterday, on 18 May, the S&D Group hosted an evening debate to discuss ‘LGBTQI rights in the EU – Which perspectives for progressive parties?’.
On Saturday 20 May the Belgian Pride march will take place in Brussels. It will tour around Brussels in a festive way to raise awareness that although progress has been made in some countries, discrimination and persecution continue.