EMSA celebrates IDAHOTB

 

During this last couple of months Europe has been struck by the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic. Many of us have been confined to our homes for the vast majority of our days. For some of us, home is not a safe place. Homophobia, transphobia and biphobia are still problems in the 21st century and are still present in many homes and families, putting LGBTQI+  people at risk of physical harm or verbal and emotional abuse by their own kin; for them, being home might be a trauma for life or even lethal.

We need to stand up and support our LGBTQI+ communities by making sure they are safe. We should not, as we do so often, assume that LGBTQI+ integration into society as equals has been completed in Europe; it’s still an ongoing fight that we have to contribute to, both as individuals and as organisations. 

Showing solidarity and support on social media, reaching out to your friends whom you know are members of the LGBTQI+ community, being there for them as someone to talk to, asking them if things are okay with their family, helping them access financial support when they need to, contacting necessary organisations, being there with them in the hospital if they are scared to go because of past trauma related to stigmatisation… These are all little things we can do right now, as we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB).

As EMSA Europe, we have done many things to show our support to the community as medical students and as an organisation. The Medical Ethics and Human Rights ESD on “LGBTQI+ Health and Rights” was established last term to work on a policy paper, a survey to assess the degree of inclusiveness of LGBTQI+ individuals during European or Local events, create a guideline for the EEB and the OCs of EMSA General Assemblies for a better use of “gender-neutral” language during European, National or Local events and revise our Code of Conduct to make it more inclusive.

Not only that, many pillars are now working on trainings, workshops, handbooks and online sessions that talk about inclusion on many levels. The EIC keyword for its work has been “inclusion” from the start of the term with its ESD on Cultural Projects working on LGBTQI+ inclusive activity suggestions for FMOs as well. This is a collective mission we now agree to have in EMSA and we pledge to show support and solidarity, not just for IDAHOTB, but also for the many amazing opportunities coming up that aim to support the community; including Pride Month.