First Lady of Belize Kim Simplis made headlines by coming out strongly against violence targeted at LGBT people.
Speaking via video message at an event at the House of Culture in honor of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, she offered a moral argument for the safety and protection of all citizens.
Except she doesn’t exactly mention that fact that gay sex is currently punishable by ten years in prison in Belize.
Standing with an oppressed minority is great and all, but perhaps she could use her passion and influence to gain the ear of the president on changing the country’s laws.
Since, you know, he’s her husband and all.
Here’s what she told the crowd:
“The universal declaration of human rights gives us all the right to life, liberty and security of person. It speaks of a world that is free and equal,’ she said.
‘And yet, LGBT persons continue to be subjected to terrible violence. They are deprived of their most basic rights, most importantly, the right to security of person because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
‘Hate crimes and hate speech against the LGBT community continue to rear its ugly head. And we have seen cases in Belize where they have been physically attacked or subjected to insults without provocation.
‘I continue to assert that violence is never justified despite our differences. Just as we fight to end racism and gender inequalities we must also seek to end the practice of bullying others because they are different.
‘No-one deserves to the inhumane treatment that many LGBT person suffer. They are often in fear, not only for their physical safety, but for their lives and that is no way to live.”
Inhumane treatment doesn’t come from fists and shoves alone. That legal system isn’t exactly working for us either.
h/t Gay Star News