The coalition’s stance on LGBTQ issues is causing the creator of...

The coalition’s stance on LGBTQ issues is causing the creator of...
The coalition’s stance on LGBTQ issues is causing the creator of...
In a message posted by postdoc Dr. Keegan McBride posted on the website on Thursday evening, it said: “The current government coalition has shown time and again that some people are more equal to them than others. During a global pandemic when all families across Estonia are suffering, the government’s most pressing question is whether or not two people who are in love can get married. This portal was originally created to assist the government in providing clear and accurate information to the Estonian people. As a project manager As a foreigner and an advocate of LGBTQ rights, I can no longer run this website in support of a government that does not comply with the Estonian Constitution or is helping to create a more tolerant and accepting society. ”

The website is now empty and displays McBride’s message in both Estonian and English. The Koroonakaart logo is striped with rainbow and links to the LGBT Situation in Estonia page on the Estonian Human Rights Council website when you click on it. was created in spring during the “Hack the Crisis” hackathon organized by Garage48 and has been carried out on a voluntary basis ever since. It showed COVID-19 rates, tests, hospitalizations and health board death dates related to the coronavirus in Estonia. McBride was the maintainer and project manager of the website.

In contrast to the data visualization page of the Estonian Health Department, displayed the data in three languages: Estonian, English and Russian. The Health Board (Terviseamet) publishes the daily data only in Estonian.

McBride said to Delfi Forte, “I have direct experiences with my family members. I know how painful it was for her to hear it in the US. Now the Estonian government is saying these things and I understand how vulnerable it is to the Estonian LGBTQ community. ”

When asked if he believed that this would change something, he said, “I just know that I made the right decision for myself, my values ​​and my conscience.”

Health Board spokeswoman Eike Kingsepp told ERR News on Friday morning that the board plans to publish the information in different languages ​​in the future.

“We have already started the Corona Map ENG / RUS versions of the Health Board. Given the developments with last night, we will definitely speed up work in order to be able to offer information in Russian and English as quickly as possible, ”she said.

On Thursday, after four days of crisis talks caused by statements made in the international media by Interior Minister Mart Helme (EKRE) declaring that gay people in Estonia should move to Sweden, the coalition agreed to the date of the referendum To postpone the office definition of marriage from November 2021 to spring, draw a line under the crisis. The three parties also issued a joint statement on the protection of human rights.

Helme is still in office and has not apologized for his comments, claiming he was misquoted. EKRE claimed they did not start the crisis and said Monday they no longer trusted the center party.

ERR News used koroonakaart to download data, create charts and report the numbers when the Health Board stopped publishing the data in the summer due to the comparatively low number of new cases at the time.

Mcbride told ERR News: “The main thing is that even if the LGBTQ people in Estonia say they don’t matter, they should know that this is wrong, that they are playing a role, that they are not alone and that they have one. ”a lot of support. ”

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