Diplomatic missions call for equal rights for LGBTQ Georgians – Civil.ge
A group of diplomatic missions in Georgia published a statement on May 17 – the international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia – expressing their support and solidarity for LGBTQI Georgians, saying that they “stand united for the right of all to live free and equal in safety and in dignity ”.
Signatories include the United Nations system in Georgia, the delegation of the European Union, the embassies of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway. , Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, the head of the Council of Europe office in Georgia and the head of the observation mission of the ‘EU in Georgia.
Noting that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer citizens in Georgia continually face “prejudice, stigma and reduced opportunities for political, social and economic inclusion,” representatives of the diplomatic corps stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to deteriorate the vulnerability of LGBTQI people.
“We urge Georgian Heads of State, Politics, Civics and Religion to give high priority to addressing discrimination and stigma through education and leadership in their respective areas of responsibility, including vigorously preventing violence, by adopting and adopting a respectful and compassionate public discourse, investigate attacks and prosecute offenders, and ensure an appropriate legal response and protection against acts of violence that prevent LGBTIQ + organizations from operating freely, ”the statement said.
The group welcomed the progress made by Georgia “in the fight against discrimination and homophobia” against LGBTIQ + people, including the adoption of the law on the elimination of all forms of discrimination. in 2014. In this context, diplomatic missions also congratulated the Georgian authorities for having published the very first legal recognition of a transgender person in 2021.
He then urged “all relevant actors in Georgia to take resolute action to end all forms of discrimination” against LGBTQ Georgians.