23 January 2012 16:23
Labour spokesman for Education and Civil Rights Evarist Bartolo said today that the state should give lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans gender persons full human rights as enjoyed by everyone otherwise it will keep on sending the dangerous message that they are inferior beings and should be treated as such. Bartolo said this when condemning that attack on a 16 year old lesbian in Hamrun 10 days when three boys attacked her for being gay.
Bartolo said that “the violence that still goes on in our society in families, in schools, at the work place and places of entertainment against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans gender (LGBT) persons is totally unacceptable. They are still persecuted in our society and some of them are even driven to suicide.”
Bartolo said that the Labour Party agrees with NGOs Malta Gay Rights Movement, aditus, we are and Drachma Parents’ Group are right to call for a change in hate crime legislation to include the grounds of homophobia and transphobia.
“A society that does not embrace diversity and still discriminates and excludes persons within it is neither just nor democratic.