At the 1945 International Labour Organisatioin Conference in San Francisco, a proposal to embody a "Declaration on the Essential Rights of Man" was put forward. The proposal spoke of "promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion" (Art. 1, para. 3).
Since this was 1945, sexual orientation was undoubtedly overlooked as it often still is today. This Saturday, on Human Rights Day, there will be a rally and march downtown. We, as queers, will be showing up to make sure that we are no longer overlooked. We will be making a visible presence to show that we too deserve fair treatment and our basic human rights.
This Saturday's rally will also be in opposition to the upcoming WTO meetings taking place in Hong Kong. Along with it's anti-democratic, anti-union and anti-environmental policies, the WTO represents a significant threat to the queer community. The WTO prevents efforts to reduce the price of AIDS medications in developing countries. They actually work to keep the price high, protecting the interests of pharmaceutical multinationals. This is just another reason why queers and allies should be more vocal in their opposition to the WTO.
To show solidarity and to create a safer space for queers to make their voices heard, there will be a queer contigent to the rally meeting at the fountain at Waterfront Park, near Salmon and SW Front St at noon.
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