International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Updated: May 18, 2021
Sunday 17th May 2020
The constitution gives all people an equal right to live in dignity and freedom from discrimination on the basis of religion, race or sexual orientation. These rights and freedoms are also guaranteed under international law. The haphazard approach to enforcing these rights and obligations on the rights of the LGBTIQ community is cause for concern.
The LGBTIQ community have suffered at the hands of often relentless prosecution. This issue has to be brought to the forefront of our discussions if we are to be the tolerant and accepting society we aspire to be. People who identify as LGBTIQ are our fellow citizens and they deserve the dignity and the respect offered to every member of our society. Fiji still has a long way to go before we can fully realise the full acceptance of LGBTIQ in our communities.
On that note, we wish all members of the LGBTIQ community a Happy International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and offers us an opportunity to reflect.
Authorised by: -
Professor Biman Prasad