Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The times they are a changing

I didn’t know that it was International Day against Homophobia (IDAHO), and it took the Daily Mail to remind me! Their website reports that ‘Homophobia continues to be a "serious problem" across Europe’, noting that, it was only 15 years ago today that homosexuality was removed from an official World Health Organisation list of mental disorders.'

Josep Borrell, the President of the European Parliament, said that the proposed new EU Constitutional Treaty includes non-discrimination as one of the major principles in the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
"Whatever their origin, nationality, social background, religion or sexual orientation, all citizens of the Union have the same rights" said Mr Borrell. He acknowledged: "While it may be true that homosexuality is freer today than in the past, discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation remains a serious problem experienced by millions of people all over the globe and within the Union. It remains our duty, as an enlarged European Union, to continue the struggle against the moral discrimination and physical violence related to sexual orientation. Such injustices must be overcome in all countries by all means."

Frankly, the fact that the Daily Mail is reporting this in an unbiased way tells me that things have come a long, long way in the last 15 years!