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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Equality Rights Group and UNITE the Union mark International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)

‘The gay community, their straight friends, families and supporters will no longer allow homophobia’

In a new development, Equality Rights Group GGR and Unite the Union have today formally announced a joint project of cooperation to promote equality and eradicate discrimination. In their first joint effort, GGR and Unite are today marking International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), a worldwide event celebrated every 17th May, in a symbolic gesture outside Parliament.

GGR Chairman, Felix Alvarez, expressed satisfaction ‘both at the first-ever marking of IDAHO in Gibraltar – because homophobia is real enough, even though often subtle, in making many people’s lives unhappy, and this needs to continue changing – and also with the building of positive relations with the Union movement in Gibraltar.’

For his part, Michael Netto, Unite Chairman, also hailed ‘the establishment of constructive work alongside the Equality Rights Group, planning for which has now commenced’, adding that ‘it not only fulfils and complies with Unite’s firm commitment to equality and human rights, but it also complements the important work already carried out by the Union in this community.’