International LGBT group want gay-friendly schools

PinkNews Staff Writer December 18, 2007
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100 young LGBT people from all over Europe gathered in Málaga, Spain, last week for the three-day meeting of International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer Youth and Student Organisation.

IGLYO member organisations discussed strategies for advancing equality and human rights for LGBTQ young people.

Euro MP Michael Cashman spoke at the event. He is President of the European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

At the meeting new guidelines for the development of more friendly schools for LGBT people were launched.

Board member Bruno Selun, responsible for this project, commented:

“These guidelines should help young activists to make schools realise that LGBT pupils can be found everywhere, and schools must take measures that protect the whole school community. Access to education is a basic human right, and must be respected.”

IGLYO’s also decided that their core focuses for the next three years are to be education, healthcare, human right and inter-religious and intercultural dialogue.

Björn van Roozendaal, outgoing chairperson, said:

“The General Assembly has adopted a strong and clear direction for the next three years.

“This will make sure that the fight for a better world and better human rights is coherent, and supported by the biggest organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth and students in Europe and beyond.”

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