|Written anonymously. (English)|
|Stephen Barris, ILGA(French)|
|Stephen Barris, ILGA(Portuguese)|
The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva sends a message to the activists gathered from Jan 26-30 2010 in ILGA LAC's 5th LGBTI's regional conference in Curitiba. He states his support and commitment to the defence of human rights and the fight against homophobia.
Lula's message has been broadcasted through Toni Reis, President of the Brazilian association of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transvestites and transexuals. Toni is also the general coordinator of the conference organizing commitee.
In his message, President Lula states that the fight against intolerance and discrimination and the efforts to respect people's rights, including regarding their sexual orientation has been an ongoing concern during his mandate.
The entire speech will be read during the first session of the conference, next January 27th by Federal senator Rosinha (PT-PR, Workers' party of the State of Parana), member of the "Frente Parlamentario por la Ciudadanía LGTB" (Parlamentary Front for LGBTI Citizenship).
ILGA LAC 5th Regional conference will gather around 400 participants and activists from more than 35 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, working for the promotion of LGBTI human rights.