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Celebrating IDAHOT – Love Makes a Family

12:24 Yesterday

Transwoman Amsai Jeke

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Maggie Boyle

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia otherwise known as IDAHOT was celebrated today in the capital.

With the theme ‘Love Makes a Family’, friends, family and stakeholders in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community came together to not only celebrate the day but also remember those who had died as a result of homophobia.

From the Methodist Church, Reverend Jeremiah Waqainabete spoke about equality and embracing the diversity of Fijians.

“John 3:16, for God so loved that world, that love encompasses all in my understanding that we are all equal and we need too and John 10:10 also expresses that Christ has come so we can have the fullness of life and the fullness of life is not just for a segment of society but for everyone.”

For Transwoman Amsai Jeke, she says recognising IDAHOT goes a long way to tackling the misunderstanding of the LGBTIQ community.

“As for me, it’s important that we continue this celebration, also having to make sure there’s a recognition of LGBT people within our community.”

In the Pacific, there are 8 countries that have criminalised same sex relations.
Fiji’s 2013 constitution ensures a constitutional ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

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