By Argyro Vourdoumpa.
On International Day against Homophobia, Sunday May 17, Greece’s first female president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, is taking a stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and sends a message of hope to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Greece and across the world.
With a Facebook post, Sakellaropoulou condemns the marginalisation of people based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
“Persecution, discrimination, social marginalisation against LGBT people in many parts of the world is a harsh, persistent reality. A reality, that concerns us all, as it strikes at its core human dignity and shrinks the notion of human rights. Especially during this coronavirus pandemic, these people often face even greater discrimination against them as well as restrictions on access to health services.
“Today, on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) we are also sending our message from Athens. We condemn discrimination, hate speech, violence against individuals over gender identity, sexual orientation or any other cause, and we support the right of everyone to freedom of expression, security, self-determination and equal treatment,” reads the post.
To learn more about International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) visit: https://www.idahobit.org.au/index.php/get-active/the-stats