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We, the undersigned, Politicians, human rights activists, citizens,

- recalling that all human beings shall enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms in an equal way and without discrimination, as stated in all international conventions on human rights,

- considering that homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation, both at the social and legal level, continue to exist in different forms throughout the world, ranging from murders and persecutions, to criminalization of homosexuality, different ages of consent, non recognition of change of sex and of same-sex relationships, hate speech and incitement to discrimination, ridicule, verbal, psychological and physical violence, discrimination in the labour market, healthcare, family law etc.

- believing that urgent action must be taken at all levels to fight against homophobia and discriminations experienced by GLBT people,

Urgently request that:

1. On the fight against discriminations and homophobia:

• the UN and its bodies take firm political and legal action to ban and tirelessly combat persecutions and discrimination based on sexual orientation all over the world, starting by adopting a Resolution on sexual orientation and human rights,

• the EU strengthen its action against discrimination at international, national and European level, notably by completing its anti-discrimination legal framework to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in all sectors and removing obstacles to free movement of same-sex couples in the EU,

• States adopt legislation and take action to fight homophobia and ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in all fields,

2. On the International Day Against Homophobia:

• the UN, States, the European Union and all other regional organizations establish, support and promote the International Day against Homophobia, aimed at raising awareness and take action against homophobia and discrimination,

Decide to launch this Appeal and to collect signatures of politicians, human rights activists and citizens from all over the world, so as to promote actions at all levels and fight homophobia and discriminations,

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FIRST SIGNATORIES:

Michael CASHMAN, MEP, PSE/UK
President of the GLBT Intergroup
Sophie IN'T VELD, MEP, ALDE/NL, Vice
President of the GLBT Intergroup
Raul ROMEVA, MEP, Greens-ALE/ES, Vice
President of the GLBT Intergroup
Alexander STUBB, MEP, PPE/FIN, Vice
President of the GLBT Intergroup
Luis Georges TIN, University Professor, founder of IDAHO
Joke SWIEBEL, former MEP, former President of the Intergroup


Members of the European Parliament

Dorette CORBEY, MEP, PSE/NL
Marco CAPPATO, MEP, ALDE/IT
Marco PANNELLA, MEP, ALDE/IT
Carlos CARNERO, MEP, PSE/ES
Mojca DR_AR MURKO, MEP, ALDE/SL
Inger SEGELSTROEM, MEP, PSE/DK
_sa WESTLUND, MEP, PSE/SW
Luis YANEZ BARNUEVO, MEP, PSE/ES

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