AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

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AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

JUDIT TAKÁCS: How to put equality into practice?on sexual orientation discrimination in various countries – I think that istrue for Spain, for Finland, for Sweden, for Ireland – was kissing in a baror restaurant, and then being asked to leave the place or actually beingpushed out. So that is not employment. You go out and you have aromantic or whatever kiss on the dance floor, and it is a public scandal.They say: […] “We’re not against homosexuals, but our other clientsdon’t like it.” So that is a very typical case and that happens often. But itis difficult to say where the main problem is, it can be in all fields.In countries where legal emancipation of LGBT people isconsidered to be completed by the national government, like in theNetherlands, there can be problems deriving from the fact that thegovernment is reluctant to deal with the “already solved” LGBTemancipation, while practical implementation issues are delegated tothe regional or local level where state institutions are often unpreparedto deal with such tasks. According to Judith Schuijf, Senior Consultantof the Dutch Expertise Centre on Gay and Lesbian Policy Issues, thegovernment wants them to cater mainly for local and regional policies:…they said that the framework of gay and lesbian emancipation in theNetherlands was complete – we do not agree with that, but that is theofficial version according to the ministry – and what was lacking waslocal-level implementation.Tania Barkhuis, consultant of the COC Netherlands, theFederation of Dutch Associations for the Integration of Homosexualityalso pointed out that there were several issues that would need furtherattention in the Netherlands:In Holland we are now in a situation where the national government saidthat these issues on, for example, community centres, family of choicesupport, were local issues and should be locally addressed. So they haveplaced the burden on the local municipalities and they said, well, thenwe are finished and we can stop. We have persuaded them that they stillhave to direct local activities because even though Amsterdam or Rotterdammay be very obliging in that, if you are lucky enough to be born in avillage somewhere in the East of the Netherlands then there is a bigchance that your local municipality will not be complying with thoseneeds, so there is still a need for supervision and development from thenational government on these issues.… We have quite some problems with the government. As you mayknow, marriage has been opened up to same-sex couples three years agoand since then the government believes that gay liberation is finished,we can cross it off, and we don’t need a budget any more, so we’re in the68

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