The “www.equal-jus.eu” website supplies many pieces of information on LGBT legal issues across Europe and also worldwide. It also presents three useful documents edited in English which aim to increase tolerance of the European society towards LGBT communities and communicate about legal applications of the protection of LGBT rights. They emphasize the meaning of the European Citizenship established in 1992 which ensure equal rights for all citizens of the EU Member States at the European scale and more particularly citizens from minorities.
Each document is oriented towards a different audience:
The first one, called “Heading in the Right Direction”, is addressed directly to LGBT people. It gives clear explanations on the EU running, binding laws and jurisprudence cases in order to make people aware of the tools that they can use to defend their rights. It also stresses the importance that each LGBT citizen should be active in this advocacy.
A second document, the “Handbook on the protection of LGBT people: Good practices in helping victims”, is intended to persons or bodies specifically interested in the protection of LGBT rights, such as NGOs or employers. Attached to the assistance of LGBT people facing homophobia and discrimination, it presents samples of “Good practices” realized by governmental and non-governmental bodies and analyzed by the Fundamental Rights Agency, as well as a list of some supporting organizations in European countries.
“The Equal Jus Legal Handbook to LGBT Rights in Europe” finally is especially dedicated to lawyers in order for them to take into account legislation and case-law on the international, European and national levels. Thus the document inventories bodies which have been legislating on LGBT rights issues, as well as jurisprudential precedents on diverse legal topics such as discrimination in family life, employment, freedom of assembly and expression, etc.
LGL has been one of the main collaborators working on those projects. Through these documents, the European Union one more time wants to underline its dedication to equality of all human beings before the Law without considering, in particular, his/her sex and sexual orientation.