The Department of the Protection of Citizens’ Rights is to present a bill that proposes the Gay Pride flag be flown in public buildings on the 17th of May every year. May 17th is the official International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, this date being the day on which the World Health Organization officially removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses in 1990. It is a day to raise awareness of the continuing existence of worldwide problems of discrimination regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, and LGBT rights violations.
The bill is to be presented this Tuesday by Public Defender Arturo Pozzali. The aim, according to Pozzali, is “to use the 17th of May to remember that this is a life choice, not an illness, and to promote tolerance. That’s why we want it to be in all public buildings, from schools to police stations.” The City Government already has an initiative “Bandera en Alto” that organizes activities for certain days, but with nothing enshrined in law. This new proposition would legally oblige primary and secondary schools and universities to fly the flags on the 17th of May every year. On the intention to make this policy a legal matter, Pozzali said: “We were interested in being able to guarantee it by law rather than in isolated cases.” While Pozzali recognized that the proposal would be met with some controversy, he said that he believed it could come to be approved.