May 17 marks international day for many phobias

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DA observes International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Cllr. Lucky Dinake – DA Rainbow Network

 May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. This day comes at a time when members of the LGBTIQ+ community face increasingly hostile and intolerant treatment, particularly lesbian, transgender and inter sexed individuals.
On this day, we are reminded of the profound importance of solidarity among the communities of sexual and gender minorities, civil society, and alliances with other vulnerable groups with which we intersect; such as those living in economic hardship, women, children and persons with disabilities.

We also remember those who have fallen victim to violent hate crimes, in a system that often lacks the sensitivity, capacity and resources to adequately address these offences, which affect the LGBTIQ+ community and society at large.

As a party with a vision of a society united it its diversity, we take this opportunity to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to creating a safe and supportive space for the realisation and protection of the rights to self-determination, freedom of expression and freedom from discrimination; irrespective of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
While our Constitution enshrines these rights, much change is still needed to combat hate crimes, empower the LGBTIQ+ community and to form alliances for hope, understanding and support for the LGBTIQ+ community within civil society, government agencies and the sporting fraternity.