2015-09-21

Parliament demands Commission and Member States to tackle homophobia in schools

The European Parliament agreed that the European Commission and Member States should work together to tackle homophobia and transphobia in education. The report, authored by Portuguese Member Liliana Rodrigues, calls on the Commission to “combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in educational settings.” Furthermore, it “urges the Commission to support

2015-09-19

Joint letter to President Juncker on HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis

On 14 September 2015, the European AIDS Treatment Group and seven partner civil society organisations and networks submitted a joint letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.    The civil society groups expressed the urgent need to keep HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis on the EU’s agenda and asked for the Commission’s leadership and support on this

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Argentina lifts ban on gay and bi men donating blood

Argentina has changed its rules to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood immediately. The country’s health ministry announced a resolution which allows men who have had sex with men to donate blood. It does away with previous rules which blocked gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The previous rules had been condemned

2015-09-17

Channel Islands first Pride parade hosts thousands

Thousands of people turned out for the Channel Islands first Pride parade last week. The event, organised by Guernsey-based campaign group Liberate, comes two weeks before the States of Jersey are due to vote on equal marriage. Organiser Christian May said he was amazed at the support from the community and business. He said: “Growing

2015-09-16

Elton John Urges LGBT Acceptance in Ukraine

Elton John has called on Ukrainians to be more accepting of LGBT people, and he would like to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to encourage him to improve the situation in his nation as well. Policies “designed to repress LGBT citizens … hinder economic development,” the music star and activist told a meeting of

2015-09-15

Parliament strongly condemns Azerbaijan’s suppression LGBTI people

Last Thursday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan, in which it denounces the intimidation and repression of LGBTI people, as well as those defending their rights. The overall human rights situation in Azerbaijan has deteriorated continuously over the last few years, with many independent journalists and civil society

2015-09-14

Thailand introduces first law to protect LGBT people

The country’s first law specifically protecting LGBT people came into effect last week. Thai parliament passed the 2015 Gender Equality Act in March. The law is is designed to protect members of the LGBT community and aims to punish discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Those found guilty of discrimination may face up

2015-09-11

Sweden to host EuroPride 2018

It’s often considered one of the most LGBTI-friendly countries in Europe – and in 2018, the Swedish cities of Gothenburg and Stockholm will join forces to host Europride, it has been announced.   Stockholm Pride and Gothenburg’s West Pride will split the duties, the European Pride Organisers Association has decided. Anneli Hulthén, Mayor of Gothenburg,

2015-09-09

Parliament demands EU action on LGBTI rights

On 8th September the European Parliament adopted a new comprehensive report on fundamental rights in the EU. Defying an attempt by the EPP group to adopt an alternative report which would have deleted nearly all content on LGBTI rights and other relevant human rights issues, the final report includes an extensive section of the situation for

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European Parliament urges Lithuania to recognize same-sex unions

On the 8th of September, 2015 the European Parliament voted in support of a report on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU (2013-2014) [Ferrara report]. The report contains a number of LGBTI specific recommendations: Calls on the European Commission to put forward an action plan or strategy at EU level for equality on

2015-09-08

Irish transgender rights law takes effect

An Irish law that allows transgender people to legally change their gender without medical intervention took effect on Tuesday.   The Gender Recognition Act 2015 took effect four days after Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burton, who is also Ireland’s minister for social protection, signed it. “The wait for legal recognition is finally over,” said Broden

2015-09-07

Ukrainian LGBT group’s community center attacked

A Ukrainian LGBT advocacy group said a group of people attacked one of their community centers past Monday. Gay Alliance Ukraine in a press release said a group of at least six people wearing masks threw fireworks into their community center in the city of Kryvyi Rih at around 8:30 p.m. as a meeting was