The European Union reiterated this Friday that efforts by the authorities to curb the coronovirus pandemic should also step up the fight against homophobia and transphobia, as the LGTBI community is more vulnerable to discrimination during this period.
On the occasion of the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia this Sunday, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, made a statement on behalf of 27 warning against being among the coronavirus population LGTBI may be discriminatory due to discrimination Laws and negative social attitudes may be subject to stigma and restrictions on access to health services.
“For many LGTBI people, the lack of family members or a community that supports them makes them more vulnerable to violence, unemployment, poverty, or homelessness. This is why it is necessary to work hand in hand with the community when it comes to that plan and implement national strategies to fight the pandemic, “said the head of European diplomacy.
The response to the pandemic must be rights-based, Borrell argues, pointing out that in this crisis “no one can be left behind or a fundamental right can be ignored”. The High Representative, who insists that immediate measures to end the pandemic, such as detention, exacerbate the situation of violence or abuse against LGTBI people, calls for a renewed commitment to discrimination, violence, discourse and crime. hatred of people for their sexual orientation and gender identity.