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01/10/2014

Media accreditation opens for ILGA-Europe’s 18th Annual Conference in Rīga

Our Annual Conference is the largest event on LGBTI political agenda in Europe and this year will bring together almost 350 human rights activists and decision makers from 48 countries.

(in English & latviešu valodā)

10/09/2014

ILGA-Europe welcomes high prominence of fundamental rights in new European Commission

Today Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has announced the composition of the new European Commission.

22/07/2014

Self-declaration of sexual orientation must be starting point when verifying credibility of LGB asylum cases

On 17 July 2014, the Advocate General Sharpston of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued an opinion on how asylum authorities should act when verify the sexual orientation of an asylum seeker, and how such assessments comply with the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.

17/07/2014

Permanent exclusion of men having sex with men from blood donation is not justifiable, says Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Today Advocate General Mengozzi of the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its Opinion in the case of Geoffrey Léger v Ministre des affaires sociales et de la santé and Établissement français du sang and said that a sexual relationship between two men does not in itself constitute conduct that justifies permanent exclusion from giving blood.

17/07/2014

European Court of Human Rights fails to preserve trans woman’s marriage

On 16 July 2014, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of Hämäläinen v. Finland. It ruled that Finland did not violate the human rights of a trans woman by requiring that her marriage be downgraded to a registered partnership in order for her to obtain her legal gender recognition.

07/07/2014

ILGA-Europe is concerned with the cancellation of Kyiv Pride due to police failure to ensure protection

This year’s Kyiv Pride, scheduled for 5 July, was cancelled after the Ukrainian police claimed they would not be able to protect the Pride participants because of expected counter protests. Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kyiv, stated that now is not the right time for ‘entertainment’ events such as Pride.

11/06/2014

Denmark becomes the first European country to allow legal change of gender without clinical diagnosis

Today the Danish parliamentarians passed a law which removes a number of obstacles for legal gender recognition. Denmark is now the first country in Europe where a requirement for ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ diagnosis or any psychological assessment/opinion is not necessary for a person to legally obtain their preferred gender.

05/06/2014

ILGA-Europe condemns discriminatory constitutional amendment in Slovakia

On 4 May 2014, the Slovak Parliament adopted a constitutional amendment which now defines marriage as a “unique bond between a man and a woman”. 102 parliamentarians supported the amendments and only 18 votes against.

31/05/2014

LGBT History being made in Cyprus

The first Pride March in Cyprus will take place today.

28/05/2014

A quarter of elected European Parliament committed to LGBTI equality

198 (26%) newly elected members of the 751-seat European Parliament have signed ILGA-Europe’s European Elections 2014 Come Out Pledge, committing themselves to advancing human rights and LGBTI equality over the next five years.

18/05/2014

Rainbow Europe 2014: Europe’s score on LGBTI human rights remains average

2013 was a year of widening contrasts for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in Europe, from marriage equality and legal gender recognition on one hand, to new forms of criminalisation of LGBTI people through the spread of anti-propaganda laws.

14/04/2014

Malta adopts same-sex civil union law

Today Maltese parliament adopted same-sex civil union law thus making Malta the 22nd European country to legally recognise same-sex unions and 10th country in Europe to allow same-sex couples to jointly apply for child adoption.

07/04/2014

Minorities unite in new equality campaign ahead of EU elections

European LGBT rights and anti­racism organisations join hands to denounce prejudice, encourage EU citizens to vote in the European Parliament elections (22 – 25 May).

03/04/2014

Georgia: do not enshrine homophobia in the constitution

ILGA-Europe statement:

Last week, Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili became the latest European politician to propose a ban on same-sex marriage in the country’s constitution.

18/03/2014

Campaign with #NoHateEP2014

On Wednesday 19 March, ILGA-Europe (the European region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) and ENAR (the European Network Against Racism) are launching the Appeal for an European election campaign free from discrimination and intolerance with a press conference in the European Parliament.

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