Barker and Hyyrylainen-Trett speak out on #IDAHOBIT #IDAHOT2016

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On Tuesday 17th May, IDAHOBIT day, we as an international community recognise that people facing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic discrimination and harassment wherever it exists is not acceptable and has to be fought against in every possible way.

It is something we should be challenging every day of the year because the consequences to individuals are life threatening, whether that’s execution or imprisonment cross 78 countries across the world, or bullying in the classroom, workplace or sports field we need go continue to fight to ensure at all  these locations are eradicated of +phobias to enable people to lead their lives to be free, loved and respected whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity.

On this day, Co-President of LGBT+ Lib Dems Baroness Barker and fellow Peer Lord Oates joined the LGBT+ the LibDem #INtogether campaign and the cross party StrongerIN campaign for Europe in highlighting that this day

serves to amplify that we must not be complacent about our freedoms and rights and the fight to remain In Europe is crucial to keep those protections gained through European Court of Human Rights which prerogative is to be a member of the European Union, we don’t want to become synonymous with Belarus or Russia.

Chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, said, following an early morning breakfast even at KPMG  on mental health, that

LGBT+ phobia leads to bullying, mental illness and breakdown increased suicidal behaviour especially amongst the trans community, and that worldwide we all have to acknowledge the devastating impacts of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and the consequences that this endures and we must do everything to eradicate it in all forms.

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