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UN Human Rights Council condemns LGBTphobic violence

In a 23 to 18 vote (with 6 abstentions), the United Nations Human Rights council has voted in favour of a resolution condemning violence & discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution establishes the new position of an independent expert, whose role it will be to assess the implementation of existing international […]

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Out!

The UK has voted to leave the European Union.  While it may not have immediate impact on bi people as such we can expect change. Most LGBT+ equalities that have been won for UK (or at least GB) citizens in the past 20 years have come through European campaigns. We got parenting rights, an equal age of consent, workplace protections […]

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European Council LGBTI proposals a “trojan horse”

Last Thursday, the Council of the European Union adopted a paper on LGBTI equality. It is the first time that the Council has passed a document addressing LGBTI equalities. An earlier attempt to reach conclusions on LGBTI equality in December 2015 was blocked by Hungary. In the document the Council asks the European Commission to promote the measures outlined in […]

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EC’s historic first on LGBTI rights

Today the Council of the European Union adopted a paper on LGBTI equality. It is the first time that the Council has passed a document addressing LGBTI equalities. An earlier attempt in December 2015 was blocked by Hungary. In the document the Council asks the European Commission to promote the measures outlined in its List of actions to advance LGBTI […]

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European Parliamentarians heading to Kiev Pride

As Pride season is in full swing in the UK – Birmingham, Bradford and more already behind us and others like Cardiff, Manchester, London and Edinburgh still to come – a reminder that Prides aren’t always a party. For the second year, an LGBT Pride march is scheduled to take place in Kiev this Sunday. In a show of support […]

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EU Referendum: another chance?

It seems yesterday’s deadline to register to vote in the EU “Brexit” referendum might not be as deadline-y as we thought. After the national voter registration website broke under the weight of last-minute registrations, there is a cross-party consensus on emergency legislation to extend the deadline. If you may not be on the electoral roll, and should be, the advice […]

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EuroBiCon unveils programme

The first European Bisexual Conference in thirteen years is in Amsterdam this summer. The list of workshop discussions and speakers confirmed thus far has just been released, and includes the following sessions: Panels: Panel Putting the B in LGBT. Panelleader: Anita Nanhoe. (Hilde Vossen and Leopold Lindelauff, Netherlands and Belgium) Crossing Lines: Academics & Activists. Panelleader: Robyn Ochs. (Robyn Ochs, […]

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EU speaks out for equal parental leave rights

Last week, the European Parliament spoke out in favour of equal parental leave rights for same-sex couples with children. This would extend rights we have in Britain across the rest of the continent. 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 […]

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