EUR flies the flag against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Today, 17th May is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). EUR stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and calls for equal rights for all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender expression.
As this year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that birthed the modern LGBTQ movement, it presents an opportunity to celebrate our progression towards equality. It remains, however that millions across the world are still criminalised, persecuted or killed for expressing their sexuality or gender identity.
Closer to home, it also sadly remains that many of our gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans colleagues, friends and family still struggle with marginalisation and social exclusion. That cannot persist. We at EUR unequivocally recognise our role in society to face down these social injustices.
We want to emphasise:
- That there will never be a place at EUR for discrimination against people’s sexual orientation or expression of their gender identity.
- That the LGBTQ community at EUR, both past and present have made invaluable contributions to the richness of our community, and the broader pursuit of knowledge and progress. We at EUR are unapologetic about celebrating this.
- That all Erasmians have a responsibility within our community and in wider society to speak out against hatred and intolerance in all its forms.
Aside from individual action, our networks such as Erasmus Pride or our support facilities are there to aid those who face discrimination in expressing who they are, or who need support on their journey.
We at EUR do not believe in exceptions to acceptance, and today, we are proudly flying the rainbow flag to underline that LGBTQ rights are human rights and inclusion is Erasmian.