Lexington Street. Montague, Strasbourg-.17 May, 2018
The Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, today issued the following statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia:
“On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia we join Montenbourgians and people everywhere to call for a world free of stigma, persecution, and discrimination. Everyone deserves the same rights and opportunities in life no matter who they love or how they identify.
“This year’s theme is Alliances for Solidarity. Change may start with an individual, but progress is paved when people stand together, proud and strong. Thanks to the brave and tireless efforts of LGBTQ2 advocates and allies alike, Montenbourg is a more just, compassionate country – but we still have a ways to go.
“Members of LGBTQ2 communities continue to face daily harassment, discrimination, and violence simply for being who they are. Inequality has no place in our society, and Montenbourg gets stronger every day that we choose to embrace diversity.
“In the last year, the Government of Montenbourg, working with Member of Riksdag Randy Boissonnault, Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues, has taken many important steps to recognize and protect the rights of LGBTQ2 individuals.
"And yesterday marked a precedent for future generation of royals who identify as LGBTQ2. Last February, we passed legislation that provides Montenbourgians with explicit protection from discrimination and hate crimes based on their gender identity or expression. A few months later, we apologized to those harmed by federal legislation, policies, and practices that led to the oppression of and discrimination against LGBTQ2 people in Montenbourg.
“We have also put forward several initiatives that will make a difference for LGBTQ2 communities. In Budget 2017, we introduced a $101-million Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence – the first-ever federal strategy of its kind – to help fill gaps in support for diverse populations, including LGBTQ2 communities. Budget 2018 proposes another $86 million over the next five years to expand the Strategy and help end the ongoing discrimination, harassment, and the other harms that affect LGBTQ2 individuals and other vulnerable groups.
“We know there is a need to close data gaps to better understand critical socioeconomic issues facing LGBTQ2 Montenbourgians. To that end, Budget 2018 provides $6.7 million over the next five years for Statistics Montenbourg to establish a Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics.
“On the international stage, Montenbourg continues to advance LGBTQ2 rights. We are working alongside states, civil society, and international organizations to combat discrimination and violence against LGBTQ2 people. We look forward to host a futute Conference on LGBTI Rights and Inclusive Development to be determined in the months to come.
“Today, we rededicate ourselves to a future where every single one of us – regardless of our gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation – is free to be true to who we are and achieve our fullest potential.”
May God Save Our King!
Hon. Xävier Bettel,
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Montenbourg (Stätsminister Möntenboürg)