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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first Pride March in Cyprus will take place today.
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.
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.
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.
European LGBT rights and antiracism organisations join hands to denounce prejudice, encourage EU citizens to vote in the European Parliament elections (22 – 25 May).
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.
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.
Next week the Slovak Parliament will start its new session and one of the legislative proposals registered for discussion is to amend the Constitutional definition of marriage to limit it exclusively to ‘a man and a woman’.
Participants of a debate organised by ILGA-Europe on 12 February 2014, which brought together high-level representatives from the five main European political parties, agreed that the current EU’s efforts to ensure LGBTI equality are not enough and highlighted specific steps the European Union need to make.