Wednesday 17-05-2017 - 09:00
"On IDAHOBIT, we must ensure that our fight against homophobia is always internationalist." Melantha Chittenden (LGBT+ Womens Place) writes on the International Day Against Homophobia,Biphobia and Transphobia.
Although we have seen huge advances in LGBT+ rights like the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the introduction of same-sex marriage in many countries, the past few years have also seen a regression on our rights.
Whether that be in the UK with the introduction of guidance from the Home Office meaning people will be sent back to places where homosexuality is illegal and simply told not to ‘act’ gay. To the atrocities we have seen this year in Chechnya, where the most insidious manifestation of homophobia; the abduction, torture and murder of gay and bisexual men is happening.
All the while what have we heard from our world leaders, from Theresa May, from Westminster? A deafening silence.
This must not go unchallenged, we must make our voices heard by those who seek to represent us and those that already do. So I urge you, ask those standing to be your Member of Parliament in three weeks time, what they or their political party intends to do about the ongoing human rights abuses in Chechnya. Sign petitions like this one, asking for the human rights abuses to be investigated and brought to an end. Lastly, come 9th June when this election has been and gone, write to your newly elected MP and demand action is taken to challenge homophobia, not just in your local community or in Chechnya alone but globally.
It is not just the right thing to do - it is our responsibility. After the homophobia that Britain as a coloniser ingrained across continents and cultures, we have a moral obligation. We must help and support local organisers to eradicate the pernicious homophobia, biphobia and transphobia which this country systematically created.
We must not forget, we must not accept and we must not be silent.