There has been several advances in the recognition of human rights for the LGBTI community worldwide in the last couple of years. The worst has passed already, and the world is aware of us. This does not mean homophobia, lesbophobia and transphobia is all gone, it just means the world knows we exist. The picture right above only means one thing, ¨equality¨. The famous word the LGBTI community worldwide strives for. Many countries have moved on towards equality, some others resist. The importance about moving forward is taking the right step towards equality. Once, we are on the right path, we cannot go backwards only forward.
What is important for the LGBTI community worldwide to move forward towards equality? The picture right above answers it. The need to form allies to get our human rights legally recognized. Allies are people who understand how we feel, what our needs are, and support us to achieve what we strive for which is equality regardless if they are part of the community or not. Given the fact that we are a worldwide community, then our allies can be either national or international, and their support is highly appreciated. The quality of an ally must also be analyzed because many just become allies to get something in return. The concentration should focus on the fact that an Ally must be part of this equality process understanding fully what our needs are as a vulnerable LGBTI community worldwide. The allies must be proud when we are moving forward as a community because they believe in us, and they should celebrate as well when we achieve recognition of our human rights because that is an example of social inclusion.
When we talk about allies, another word comes up to our mind and is politics. The need to get involved with politicians or get into politics is a must in order to achieve recognition of our human rights. It is important though when elections time come to realize who are really supporting the LGBTI community. In several countries, some politicians get involved with the LGBTI community members only to get the votes and then forget about them. The truthful intention of social inclusion comes when a political party invites a member of the LGBTI community to be part of their list, and support the candidate fully. Besides this, the political party take a stand publicly and make a statement clearly in support to the LGBTI community to the media and add the LGBTI community to their agenda. The LGBTI community must be smart to determine the truthful intention of a political party. Regardless of the political party, if an LGBTI member is in one, he or she must try to support his community and educate others, so other members can follow the same path and make the representation of the LGBTI community stronger. I think the importance of politics for the LGBTI community worldwide is to obtain enough representation, so when it comes to propose a legal subject that will recognize another human right of our community, there is enough representation to approve it. Otherwise, the proposal will go nowhere. This also brings up the attention that our youth LGBTI members worldwide should start getting more involved into politics and form a career in it, so when their time comes, they are more than ready to take a political position and represent the community.
Finally, when pursuing human rights for the LGBTI community in your nation, make sure you take the right step towards equalty. Do not allow exemptions, cuts, or anything that limits your freedom or your equality; otherwise, you are not moving forward rather backwards. Make your nation a model nation for others to follow but proposing something that will achieve complete human rights for your LGBTI community. Remember, we are all connected, we are all unity, and the victory of one is the victory of all, and that is how it should be seen. Do not cut your human rights, the LGBTI community worldwide deserves better and deserves to live in a world that accept us all for whom we are. There are lots of work to do yet regarding education, but the time for legal change is NOW!
Written by Yvo Rances Minchon, an LGBTI activist.