Primera Dama de Belice pide poner fin a la violencia contra los homosexuales

Kim Siplis, Primera Dama de Belice, ha sorprendido a todos al posicionarse públicamente a favor de la comunidad LGBT.

‘Sigo afirmando que la violencia nunca está justificada a pesar de nuestras diferencias. Así como luchamos por acabar con el racismo y las desigualdades de género, también debemos tratar de poner fin a la homofobia’ fueron las palabaras de apoyo emitidas a través de un comunicado oficial.

La Primera Dama ha dado un gran golpe en la mesa al abordar esta realidad. Belice es un país soberano americano, donde las relaciones homosexuales están castigadas con penas de hasta 10 años de cárcel. El hecho de que Siplis haya emitido un comunidado para acabar con la homofobia, es una señal inequivoca de que se pretenden cambiar las cosas desde las altas esferas, que al final son quienes tienen el poder de ‘cambio’ más a mano.

Por otro lado, se conoce que recientemente se ha propuesto derogar la ley que prohibe las relaciones homosexuales, es decir, están apunto de dar un paso adelante (enorme para la comunidad gay de ese país).

Si bien los pasos todavía son lentos, si parecen ser cada vez más decisivos, y la comunidad LGBT de Belice, tan maltratada, ve en estas noticias, un atisvo de alegria.

http://www.inoutpost.com/noticias-LGBT/sorprendente-apoyo-de-la-primera-dama-de-belice-a-la-comunidad-lgbt-20140521134757.html

 

First Lady of Belize calls for end to anti-gay violence

First Lady of Belize Kim Simplis Barrow has spoken out against anti-gay activity in Belize.

Belize was one of the many countries celebrating International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May.

At a ceremony at the House of Culture in Belize City, Barrow sent a special video message of support directly to the LGBT community.

Voicing her support for LGBT equality, she also denounced anti-gay activity in Belize.

‘The universal declaration of human rights gives us all the right to life, liberty and security of person. It speaks of a world that is free and equal,’ she said.

‘And yet, LGBT persons continue to be subjected to terrible violence. They are deprived of their most basic rights, most importantly, the right to security of person because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

‘Hate crimes and hate speech against the LGBT community continue to rear its ugly head. And we have seen cases in Belize where they have been physically attacked or subjected to insults without provocation.

‘I continue to assert that violence is never justified despite our differences. Just as we fight to end racism and gender inequalities we must also seek to end the practice of bullying others because they are different.

‘No-one deserves to the inhumane treatment that many LGBT person suffer. They are often in fear, not only for their physical safety, but for their lives and that is no way to live.’

Barrow’s comments are particularly prevalent as gay sex is currently illegal in Belize.

Any person found guilty of gay sexual activity can face up to 10 years in prison. In addition, gay people are prohibited from entering Belize.

Also speaking at the ceremony were Chargé d’Affaires Margaret Hawthorne from the USA embassy and Deputy British High Commissioner, Grace Chun.

Over a 150 people gathered to listen to a dozen speakers, say prayers and light candles.

The event was organized by a group of Belizean LGBT people from the IDAHOT 2014 Belize Committee and was sponsored by companies who oppose discrimination such as Heineken.

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/first-lady-belize-calls-end-anti-gay-violence200514