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The City Council shows its commitment to defending the rights of LGBT groups (17/05/2016)

Totana City Council shows its strong institutional commitment to defending the rights of LGBT groups to mark the International Day Against LGTBfobia held today 17 May.

The municipal government and legislature created this specific Department of Foreign and Defense of the Rights of LGBT Collective.

Indeed, the mayor of the bouquet, Eulalia Moreno, presented at the last plenary session in April a motion to establish an agreement and commitment of the municipal institution on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Lesbophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which takes place on 17 May.

Totana Town Council rejects and condemns any attitude, action, demonstration and legislation involving homophobic or transphobic nature;

and undertakes to promote the city, from different areas, favorable to equal treatment of homosexuals and transsexuals policies, in defense of their dignity, and encouraging consolidation and recognition of full equality of rights and opportunities.

For this reason, it is to be performed in commemoration of the World Day Against Homophobia, Lesbophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, approval of a manifesto to combat such violence, in order to deepen their eradication.

Totana City Council is fully aware of all the steps that remain to take to resolve these situations described above discrimination, and decides to join, with this institutional statement, the commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, renewing its commitment to work for a more egalitarian society.

May 17 is celebrated worldwide on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, recalling that on that date of 1990 the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) finally removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses .

Since then, every May 17 becomes a good opportunity to take stock of progress on the road to full equality for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals;

but also for renewed efforts by the whole society, and as a democratic institution, commit ourselves to the goal of ending the scourge of homophobia and transphobia, and fight resolutely through public policies against all forms of discrimination that still persist on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

INSTITUTIONAL STATEMENT TOTANA TOWN COUNCIL ON THE OCCASION OF MAY 17, International Day Against LGTBfobia

Totana City Council is absolutely committed to the defense of equality as a fundamental right and as a democratic value capital.

This is reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrines equality between all people above any condition, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

And so it provides the Spanish Constitution in Article 14 enshrines the fundamental right of all people not to be discriminated against by "reason of birth, race, sex, religion, opinion or any other condition or personal or social circumstance."

Therefore, the City Council is working decisively in defense of Human Rights in the promotion of equality of all people and in preventing and combating all forms of discrimination, so that all people can fully exercise their enjoying rights and a true and full democratic citizenship.

Today, however, remain absolutely intolerable symptoms of discrimination, which require increased efforts in defending equality.

This is the case of homophobia and transphobia, two forms of discrimination that should have no place in any area of ​​society, and that violate human rights and break the coexistence pillars that should underpin any democratic and pluralistic society, and must be guaranteed in any case by the authorities.

Although advances have been achieved, much remains to be done in the fight for the elimination of homophobia and transphobia.

On 17 May 1990 the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness, a fact that is now commemorated internationally, in recognition of a historic day in the struggle for dignity of this group.

But homophobia and transphobia remain some of the most widespread forms of hatred, and even still reflected in the criminal law of many countries.

In many parts of the world various acts of violence against persons occur because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

No human being should be subjected to violence, torture, stigmatization and suffer abuse.

It is therefore imperative to put an end to homophobic and transphobic violence, both physical and psychological.

It is also unacceptable that people are discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and that their rights are violated.

Aware of the need for further progress in this area, continue to take the necessary measures to ensure everyone the effective enjoyment of human rights, equal and non-discrimination and ensure prevention and protection against homophobia and transphobia, in defense of equality and dignity of people as superior to preserve in any society goods.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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