LGBTQI People and Human Rights

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex community faces discrimination, oppression and violence around the world. This is despite protections under international human rights treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. There are many regional and national legal frameworks that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but unfortunately there are also states that still criminalise LGBTQI individuals. At the European level there are legal instruments such as the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and bodies working on this issue including the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup. It is a struggle worldwide to ensure equality for people who do not conform to norms around gender and sexuality, and even with comprehensive legal frameworks there are often issues around implementation. HRWF advocates for the rights of all LGBTQI individuals to live free from persecution and ill-treatment based on their gender identity, sexual orientation or sex characteristics.

HUNGARY: FIDESZ proposed controversial amendments about LGBTI people law

Hungarian parliament’s proposed amendments censoring public communication about LGBTI people violates EU law ILGA-Europe's statement on proposed anti-LGBTI and illegal amendments by FIDESZ in the Hungarian parliament   ILGA Europe (11.06.2021) -...

UN: Faith leaders urged to stamp out anti-LGBT+ rhetoric

UN calls on religious groups and leaders to dial down anti-LGBT+ rhetoric for fear of violence or discrimination   By Hugo Greenhalgh   Openly News (14.05.2021) - https://bit.ly/34kcSZm - Religious leaders and institutions should stamp out rhetoric or...

EU: ‘Political backlash’ blamed for halting LGBT+ rights gains in Europe

Legislative progress on LGBT+ rights have come to a near-standstill as polarisation mounted from Poland to Turkey, report says   By Rachel Savage   Openly News (17.05.2021) - https://bit.ly/3vpuFtZ - Progress on laws to boost LGBT+ rights has come to a virtual...

GERMANY: Lesbian mothers flood German courts with demands for parenting rights

Over a dozen lesbian couples have gone to court seeking to reform Germany's civil code, which does not recognise lesbian parents   By Enrique Anarte   Openly News (06.05.2021) - https://bit.ly/3hqfwok - When Inga celebrated the birth of her first child with...

EU: The rights of LGBTI people in the European Union

European Parliament (11.05.2021) - https://bit.ly/3xY7F78 - The European Parliament has just published an updated version of a 12-page document titled “The rights of LGBTI people in the European Union”. It replaces the former versions of 2019 and 2020.   The...

GERMANY: Catholic blessings of same-sex couples despite Vatican

Euronews (10.05.2021) - https://bit.ly/3tDuz0n - Germany's powerful Catholic progressives are openly defying a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions.   They are offering such blessings at services in about 100 different churches...

UK: Richard Dawkins loses ‘humanist of the year’ title over trans comments

American Humanist Association criticises academic for comments about identity using ‘the guise of scientific discourse’, and withdraws its 1996 honour   By Alison Flood   The Guardian (20.04.2021) - https://bit.ly/33ak8q5 - The American Humanist Association has...

EU: Long road to motherhood, lesbians fight for IVF in Europe

Same-sex marriage or civil partnership is legal in 30 European countries, but laws allowing lesbian couples to have children - through adoption or sperm donation - have lagged behind   By Rachel Savage   Thomson Reuters Foundation (26.04.2021) -...

USA: Transgender minors: Arkansas banned gender-affirming health care criticized

"Families are in a state of panic, asking what state should they move to. They want to know what they should do next and we don't have a clear answer for them." By Alex Bollinger   LGBTQ Nation (19.04.2021) - https://bit.ly/32DUrhC - At least four transgender...

GERMANY: German Catholics plan huge blessing of gay unions on May 10

By Inés San Martin   Cruxnow (15.04.2021) - https://bit.ly/32sCTVF - Continuing to openly challenge the Vatican, several Catholic leaders in Germany are openly supporting the blessing of same-sex couples, with a massive blessing service scheduled for May 10, in...

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ILGA World (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) promotes the human rights of LGBTI people around the world.

OII Europe (Organisation Intersex International Europe) is an umbrella organisation that advocates for the human rights of intersex individuals.

RainbowHouse is a bar and information centre for the LGBTQI community, as well as a space for collaboration and events with over 50 LGBTQI organisations in Brussels.

Transgender Europe (TGEU) combats discrimination against trans people and has 112 member organisations in Europe and Central Asia.

 

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