Friday, November 27, 2020

Norway bans hate speech against bisexual and transgender people


Norway’s parliament outlawed hate speech against bisexual and transgender people expanding its penal code which has protected gay and lesbian people since 1981.

People found guilty of hate speech face a fine or up to a year in jail for private remarks, and a maximum of three years in jail for public comments, according to the penal code.

The bill was approved on its second reading without a vote, a parliamentary spokeswoman said, after it was backed by lawmakers on its first reading last week.

The amendments outlawed discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression and changed “homosexual orientation” to “sexual orientation”, meaning bisexual and transexual as well as lesbian and gay people will be explicitly protected from discrimination.

Norway is one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in the world and a good example for the rest.

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