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Finland Could Be About to End the Forced Sterilization of Trans People

A trans person must ‘have been sterilized or is “for some other reason infertile”‘. The Finnish government will review it’s gender recognition laws on 25 August. Trans people must be sterilized currently before they’re able to have their gender changed legally. The Human Rights Council has long been recommending the rule be abolished. They set out two

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European Commission Acts to Reach Representation Diversity

A new Diversity and Inclusion Charter and fresh action to reach at least 40% women in its management by 1 November 2019 are two key features of the Commission’s new human resources policy. The purpose is to create a better workplace for all – including women, staff with disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersex

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All of Germany’s Muslim MPs Voted for Same-sex Marriage Equality

It was the best news of last week: Germany finally followed its European neighbors by voting in favor of same-sex marriage equality on Friday morning. The snap vote showed 393 MPs voted in favor, while seven abstained or were absent. Meanwhile, the country’s leader Angela Merkel was one of 226 to vote against the move, disappointing many. She has furthermore said marriage ‘should be

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German Lawmakers Approve Same-sex Marriage Bill

German lawmakers on Friday approved a bill that will extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. The measure passed in the lower house of the German Parliament, which is known as the Bundestag, by 393-226 vote margin with four abstentions. The vote took place less than a week after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her position on

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Angela Merkel Softens Stance on Opposition to Same-sex Marriage

Angela Merkel has softened on her opposition to same-sex marriage. Chancellor Merkel has repeatedly ruled out calls to introduce equal marriage, saying: “For me, marriage is a man and a woman living together.” The upper house of the German Parliament  has previously passed symbolic motions calling for same-sex marriage. The German Chancellor on Monday for

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German High Court Rejects Parliamentary Vote on Same-sex Marriage

Governing coalition is divided on the issue and the lower house’s legal affairs committee has repeatedly deferred an official vote. Germany’s highest court has rejected an opposition party’s attempt to force a parliamentary vote on same-same marriage. The country has recognised civil partnerships for same-sex couples since 2001. While other countries have taken the next

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On 20th June, 2017 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia’s ‘anti-propaganda’ legislation is in breach with human rights. The federal law was adopted in 2013 and bans the “promotion” or “propaganda” of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism. The Court found that the law breaches the right to freedom of expression (Article 10) and the

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‘Same-sex marriage is an affirmation LGBTI people are supported and integrated in Maltese society’ Malta has elected a new prime minister, and he is determined to pass same-sex marriage by the end of July. The small southern European island has civil unions, envious trans and intersex laws, and is the only European country to ban

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Gay Man Poised to Become Next Irish Prime Minister

An openly gay man is poised to become Ireland’s next prime minister. Members of the ruling Fine Gael party on June 2 elected Leo Varadkar, who is of Indian descent, as their next leader. Varadkar, 38, will likely succeed outgoing Prime Minister Enda Kenny when the Irish Parliament votes later this month. Varadkar, who is

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Ministers in the Church of Scotland Could Marry Same-sex Couples Soon(ish)

They will also apologize for their past treatment of gay people. Ministers in the Church of Scotland could conduct same-sex marriages soon. The Kirk’s general assembly is meeting in Edinburgh at the moment. They voted in favor of the Legal Questions Committee researching whether there is a way to legally protect Ministers or Deacons who

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New Legal Gender Recognition Legislation Approved by Belgium!

ILGA-Europe welcome Belgium’s decision to put an end to the sterilisation requirements and the mental health diagnosis previously required in order to have access to legal gender recognition. Today’s vote in parliament means that Belgium will have a new law governing the legal gender recognition process. The fact that the new procedure is largely based

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Each year 17th of May is commemorated as an International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) in order to raise awareness of the LGBT* issues worldwide. This year the occasion inspired the members of the European Parliament to take action and issue a resolution regarding the gross violation of human rights in Chechnya, where