AXARQUIA capital Velez-Malaga is saying a big NO to homophobia and transphobia with the launching of a plan which is to promote complete tolerance, integration and respect for members of the LGBTI community.
The Municipal Plan Against Homophobia and Transphobia will include 15 measures which will cover most council departments, with actions that will be carried out during the next 12 months, to raise awareness for the protection and defence of LGBTI rights, which are so often violated.
Social Services Councillor Zoila Martin and President of the Andalucia LGBTI rights Arco Iris Federation Gonzalo Serrano (pictured), explained that the measures have been drafted together with the help and support of this association.
Amongst the long-awaited measures are the creation of an LGBTI centre which will offer help for teachers and students across schools; raising awareness amongst the senior community and train the Local Police on hate-crimes regarding sexual or gender orientation; increase visibility for homosexual and mono-parental families in events such as Carnival or the Three Wise Men event; creating awareness campaigns against homophobia in sports centre; facilitate visibility of municipal workers who would like to publicly express their sexual orientation, as well as designate a municipal councillor for a brand new Affective-Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity Department.
“Velez-Malaga will now become part of the list of towns which are looking forward in this field, such as Jaen, Malaga, Granada and Cordoba, pursuing measures of this kind,” said Martin.
“Homophobic and transphobic attacks are still prevalent, and we believe education is necessary to fight against them,” said Head of the Arco Iris federation, Gonzalo Serrano.
These measures are to be approved in a plenary session scheduled to take place by the end of this month.