Parliament will be illuminated tonight with colors of the rainbow flag for LGBTI rights

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The facade of the parliament will be illuminated tonight with the colors of the rainbow flag to mark the National and International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, determined the president of the Assembly of the Republic.

In an order to which PPulsehad access, Augusto Santos Silva says that, in the last parliamentary leaders’ conference, held on May 10, “it was proposed that the Assembly of the Republic should associate itself with this event, namely by raising the rainbow flag.

“This situation lacks legal support, however, due to the absence of rules on the flying of such flags in parliament, which does not prevent, of course, that this date be marked through alternative ways,” the order states.

“In these terms, I determine to the Secretary-General of the Assembly of the Republic that the facade of São Bento Palace be illuminated with the colors of the rainbow flag, on the night of May 16 to 17, 2023, in order to mark the fight against prejudice and the defense of LGBTI Rights” (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex), Santos Silva added.

In the text, it is recalled that the National Day against Homophobia and Transphobia – May 17 – was enshrined, in 2015, in a resolution of the Assembly of the Republic.

“On the same date, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is celebrated, which symbolically marks the decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality from the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases, and aims to value equality between people regardless of their sexual orientation, as well as to raise everyone’s awareness regarding discrimination against LGBTI people,” the president of the Assembly of the Republic stresses in the dispatch.

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