Most people, when asked what '
' is, would reply that it is a
United States of America
But in the rarified world of homosexual activism, it stands for 'International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia' and it occurs each year on 17th May.
No European or
politician can afford to ignore '
'. The New Lib-Con Home Secretary Theresa May (Maidenhead - Conservative) released a message in support of '
'. Following criticism by gay lobbyists for voting against adoption by homosexuals, she promised the new government would tackle 'homophobic bullying' and put pressure on countries with anti-sodomy laws to 'improve their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people'.
Mrs May said: 'This government is committed to creating a society that is fair for everyone and supports equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
'This means supporting civil partnerships, tackling homophobic bullying wherever it occurs, changing the law regarding historic convictions for consensual gay sex and using our international influence to put pressure on countries where LGB&T people are persecuted.'
New Foreign Office Minister for Europe David Lidington (Con - Aylesbury) also released a message to mark '
'. He said the Foreign Office was 'committed to promoting British values abroad, including LGBT rights.'
His message said: 'The
has a long and proud history of defending the basic rights and freedoms of the oppressed and vulnerable. We are committed to promoting British values overseas and to placing human rights at the heart of foreign policy.
'Everyone, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people should be free to enjoy the rights and freedoms to which people of all nations are entitled.'
' is held every year on May 17th because on this date in 1990 the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses, not in response to scientific truth, just as a result of political pressure.
On last year's
, the French government announced it would become the first country in the world to declassify transgenderism as a mental illness. The change came into effect in February. How much worse can it get?
A lot worse.
IN THE EUROBUNKER
, leaders of all three EU institutions addressed 'homophobia' for the first time.
Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, the EU institution representing 27 national governments, issued a written statement affirming the EU’s commitment to refuse discrimination on any grounds, and affirming that 'discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation has ceased to constitute a political cleavage, and is enshrined in the EU’s founding act and statement of values.'
Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, reaffirmed the commitment of the European Parliament to combat any form of discrimination, including homophobia, in a video message. The President of the European Parliament declared: 'Homophobia is a clear breach of human dignity that questions fundamental rights; and thus, it must be strongly condemned.'
Viviane Reding, Vice-president of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, also issued a statement condemning homophobia and transphobia as 'a blatant violation of human dignity', 'incompatible with the principles on which the EU is founded'. She went on to threaten nations throughout the world with the direst sanctions should they maintain 'homophobic' policies.
OUR PHILLIPA 'BELIEVES IN GAY EQUALITY'
No party candidate can escape the vigilance of the gay mafia. Phillipa Stroud stood for the Conservatives in Sutton and Cheam. She is the wife of David Stroud, the leader of
, and of the New Frontiers UK group of churches.
The Sunday before the election, the Observer newspaper ran an article accusing Mrs Stroud of founding a church and night shelter in Bedford, the King's Arms Project, which tried to 'cure' homosexuals by driving out their demons through prayer.
Mrs Stroud immediately issued a statement saying: 'The idea that I am prejudiced against gay people is both false and insulting.
'I make no apology for being a committed Christian. However it is categorically untrue that I believe homosexuality to be an illness and I am deeply offended that the Observer has suggested otherwise.'
When PinkNews.co.uk pointed out to her spokesman that the Observer's prime claim was not that she believed homosexuality to be an illness, rather that she appeared to believe it could be overcome through prayer and removing 'demons', he said: 'We will not be adding to or subtracting to the statement.' [Sic]
David Cameron chipped in, denying that Mrs Stroud was 'homophobic'. He said: 'She believes in gay equality.' He added that Mrs Stroud had made "a very clear statement to say she was completely misreported".
Jonathan Bartley, head of Ekklesia, a limited company with just four members which masquerades as a Christian 'think-tank', ventured that it was of even more concern that the New Frontiers church believes that a husband has God-given authority over his wife. This view 'runs incredibly deep in the church', wrote a deeply-worried and traumatised Bartley. Shock! Horror! A church actually believes the Bible! Where will it end?
Mrs Stroud, head of Iain Duncan-Smith's Centre for Social Justice, lost Sutton and Cheam by a few hundred votes. She has now been appointed a special advisor at the Department for Work and Pensions, whose Secretary of State is Iain Duncan-Smith, MP.