TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011 by MIRIAM DALLI
Alternattiva Demokratika marks international day against homophobia and transphobia
Marking the international day against homophobia and transphobia, Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party paid tribute to LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender) activists around the World.
In a statement, AD remembered those who are standing up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons around the world. AD chairperson Michael Briguglio said how the "Green parties are the most progressive parties when it comes to LGBT rights."
"The track record of the Greens in the European parliament is a case in point and Malta is no exception. The Greens are against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in all aspects of social policy."
Briguglio said the party welcomed progressive decisions being taken in the European Union on LGBT rights.
"In this regard, within MEUSAC (the Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee), AD is the only political party which fully supports the proposed anti-discrimination directive proposed within the EU, whilst other political parties are opposing parts of the same Directive," he added.
AD Spokesperson for Civil Rights Yvonne Arqueros Ebejer, said the struggle of LGBT activists and movements is part of the struggle for a more equal and inclusive society.
"[This] is ultimately what a liberal and representative democracy should be all about," she said. "The LGBT community has made many victories but there are many challenges that lie ahead, especially in conservative societies such as Malta."
Referring to the "shameful" case where a Maltese pastor wanted to 'heal' and 'convert' homosexual persons, Arqueros Ebejer said: "To the contrary of such fundamentalists, we Greens believe that people with different sexual orientations are all different, but all equal."
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