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Malta moves on marriage

Malta has voted to legalise same-sex marriage. Congratulations, Malta! Hot on the heels of Germany the island nation has passed the law by a thumping 66 votes to 1. As with Germany, it’s a more inclusive law than we have for England and Wales: “husband and wife” becomes “spouses” and a single law covers any consenting couple who marry, rather […]

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Respecting LGBT+ a condition of joining EU

The European Parliament has approved three of its annual reports for candidate and potential candidate EU countries. In those reports MEPs have assessed the rights of LGBTI people in Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo, and urged the countries to improve the situation. While the UK is busy negotiating its way out of the EU following the Brexit referendum, other countries are eager to […]

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MEPs to join 17th Warsaw Pride

On Saturday June 3rd, the seventeenth Equality Parade will take place in Warsaw. Since the populist. nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party got in power in October 2015, progress on LGBTI issues has been halted and an anti-LGBTI agenda has become more prominent. Polish President Andrzej Duda vetoed a gender recognition bill back in October 2015 for example. Pro-LGBT rights […]

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European Parliament condemns detention, torture and killings of bi & gay men in Chechnya

Last weekend, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published an article reporting that over 100 people have been detained on suspicion for being gay in Chechnya, and suffered torture and humiliation. At least three men were killed. At his opening statement today, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani MEP condemned the attacks: “I will confirm once again the European Parliament’s absolute […]

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EU-wide recognition of adoption rights

Today, the European Parliament adopted a report (by a huge margin – 533 for, 41 against) demanding the automatic recognition of domestic adoption orders across EU Member States. The report stipulates that the recognition should happen without discrimination, including on the basis of the parents’ sexual orientation. The report highlights that the lack of provisions for the recognition currently cause […]

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EU reviews progress on LGBT+ rights

Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted a new report on fundamental rights in the EU.  The report assesses how fundamental rights are implemented in the EU, and what must still be done to reach standards laid down in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The document includes an extensive snapshot of the situation for LGBTI people across the EU. The report calls […]

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EU Welcomes UN’s LGBT Expertise

Yesterday, the UN Human Rights Council appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn its first independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. In July, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council agreed to the creation of the post in a 23 – 18 vote. Vitit Munthaborn, a Thai national, is Professor in International Law at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He was co-chair of the […]

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