Switzerland made transphobia and homophobia as illegal as racism

Transphobes and homophobes will face a three year jail sentence

Switzerland has voted to change its penal code to make homophobia and transphobia as illegal as racism.

The National Council voted 118 to 60 to make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on sexual or gender identity.

Anyone found guilty of transphobia or homophobia could be thrown in jail for up to three years.

‘Victory,’ wrote national councillor Mathias Reynard on Twitter.

The socialist national councillor spearheaded the change to the European country’s laws. Reynard had fought for more than five years to change the laws.

‘Homophobia is not an opinion,’ he said.