Stockholm Pride – a reminder of equal rights

Stockholm Pride was organised July 26 – August 1. The event serves as an important opportunity to remind about the right to life, personal security, and protection against discrimination of all people.

In many parts of the world people are discriminated against, maltreated and killed because they differ from the heterosexual norm. The question of sexual preference is often put under taboo, and persons who come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) risk to be rejected even by their closest family and friends.

Civil Rights Defenders has worked for the rights of LGBT people since the beginning of the 21 century. In the Western Balkans we have among other contributed to laws against discrimination, with sexual preferences included as one of the grounds for discrimination.

Together with our partners, we conduct trainings for journalists and state officials aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding about the situation for LGBT persons. We actively participate in campaigns and other lobbying activities to fight against ignorance and prejudice. Not the least, we work to strengthen our partners in order to give them the tools they need to fight against discrimination of the LGBT society in their countries.

The struggle for equal value and equal rights of all people must continue, in our own country as well as around the world.

Categories: Uncategorized.
Tags: Equal rights, LGBT, and Pride.
Regions: Sweden.