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Some reflections on #IDAHOBIT

Today is the annual International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia as we saw from Team INtogether’s post earlier.

The party has been marking the day in various ways. We’ve been tweeting up a storm. Liz Barker and Jonny Oates recorded this video:

There’s been a series of lovely graphics:

Norman Lamb has resubmitted his motion calling for people who want gender neutral passports to be able to have them. Recently, I saw on social media a teacher who has transgender and non binary pupils under their care object to these proposals. Imagine how that makes their pupils feel and how confident they would feel about that teacher to support them. That brings me to what’s been happening north of the border.

Willie Rennie took time out of his short-lived campaign to be First Minister to emphasise the need for all teachers in all schools – that’s the denominational ones, too – to be trained to ensure that all Scotland’s schools are inclusive environments for learning.

He said:

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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.

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