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Czech court strikes down ban on gay people adopting children

A Czech court has struck down the country’s ban on gay people adopting children – though only for individuals. The country had maintained a law that outlawed gays and lesbians who are in registered partnerships from adopting children, either together or as an individual. However, the Czech Constitutional Court has overturned a law which banned

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6 June was a turning point in the advocacy work of Norway’s trans activists – it marks the final parliamentary vote on long-awaited updates to the legal gender recognition process.  Now, trans people in Norway aged 16 and older will have their gender legally recognised without having to be sterilised first. These reforms, based on

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Protesters disrupt Moldova Pride march

Protesters disrupted an LGBT Pride march in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau on Sunday last week. Hundreds of people with Moldovan and Orthodox flags and crucifixes began yelling at the more than 150 advocates who were taking part in the march before police officers ushered them onto buses that took them to a hotel. The

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Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

Romanian campaigners said Monday (23 May) they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state. Several groups linked to the Orthodox Church and united under the umbrella Coalition for Family are seeking a constitutional amendment to narrowly define marriage as the “union between a man and

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Last week, the parliament spoke out in favour of equal parental leave rights for same-sex couples with children. In its report evaluating the implementation of the EU law (Directive 2010/18/EU) on parental leave, the Parliament emphasised that “adequate, individual, compensated parental leave is crucial for same-sex parenting couples to be able to achieve a work-life

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In 2010 the marriage of Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the former Prime Minister of Iceland, and Jónína Leósdóttir, a journalist and a writer, generated media attention all around the world. After all, in addition to being the first out gay head of state in the world, Jóhanna was also Iceland’s first female Prime Minister. The couple met

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Denmark to no longer define transgender as mental illness

Denmark is set to officially delete the definition of transgender as a mental illness. The move will make Denmark the world’s first health authority to take the step. From January 1st, 2017, transgender will no longer appear on Denmark’s definition of mental illnesses, the Ministry of Health has confirmed. The move would make Denmark a

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Transgender Europe, launching its Trans Rights Europe Map 2016, warns protection level for trans people remains low in Europe. “Discrimination at the job market is a major factor keeping trans people from thriving. While it is positive that in 2016, 26 European states – that is four more than last year – offer now explicit

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Italy says ‘yes’ to gay civil unions in historic vote

The Italian government finally approved a bill to allow gay civil unions, after a long and bitter debate that has pitted the Catholic Church against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. In order to speed up the bill’s passage, Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, called a confidence vote in Italy’s lower house on Wednesday saying it was

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Officially unveiled yesterday (10 May 2016) at the fourth annual conference to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, ILGA-Europe’s 2016 Rainbow Europe package reveals an increasingly unequal picture of developments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people across Europe. Rainbow Europe 2016 showcases the current state of play of the laws, policies and practices

Irish Senator Katherine Zappone (L) kisses her partner Ann Louise Gilligan as supporters for same-sex marriage wait for the result of the referendum at Dublin Castle on May 23, 2015 in Dublin. Yes voters were basking in the sunshine today as they gathered to celebrate an expected victory in Ireland's referendum on whether to approve same-sex marriage.
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Irish equal marriage champ lands new role as government minister

An independent lesbian politician who strongly rallied in favour of equal marriage in Ireland has made history – after she was appointed as a government minister. As an independent Senator, Katherine Zappone became the face of the Yes campaign ahead of Ireland’s equal marriage referendum last year. The politician tied the knot with wife Ann Louise Gilligan in Canada in 2003

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Latest FRA report examines hate crime from different perspective

Every day, people across Europe continue to be the targets of assaults because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2013, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s own study revealed that an average of 59% of the LGBT people surveyed in the EU who had been attacked in the previous 12 months felt they had