European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

November 2015

No. 243. November 2015. In this issue...

ILGA-Europe

Asylum

Bias motivated violence

Education

Employment

Equality and non-discrimination

EU Enlargement

Family

Freedom of expression

Health

Legal gender recognition

Notice board


ILGA-Europe

 

Memories of Athens 2015 - videos, photos and more

Want to see what the largest gathering of LGBTI activists in Europe looks like? Watch Athens 2015 after-movie here. Conference host Miguel Vale de Almeida summed up the main points from each day in Athens. He has collected all of these thoughts together in one document. Read his Annual Conference 2015 report here. And finally, a photo gallery with lots of pictures of our time together in Athens is available on our website too.
 

Decorate our white walls with European LGBTI activism

Earlier this year, the ILGA-Europe staff team moved into new offices with a lot of nice white walls. We would like to decorate these walls with what we care most about, our members. Members of ILGA-Europe constantly produce a lot of creative posters and visuals. We would like to showcase this creativity from our friends from all over Europe. Use this opportunity and send your poster/visuals to: ILGA-Europe, att. Nanna Moe, Senior Communications Officer, Rue du Trône 60, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.
 

Activists from Western Balkan and Turkey visit European Union

On 16-17 November, 16 LGBTI activists from the Western Balkans and Turkey have taken part in an EU study visit organised by ILGA-Europe.

Asylum

 

ILGA-Europe declaration of solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers

At the Annual Conference 2015, the delegates issued a declaration in solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers.
Read the declaration here

Bias motivated violence

 

Trans woman killed in Istanbul

On 24 November, a trans woman was been found dead in her home. She was first stabbed and then strangled with the bathrobe cord. Police has been reported saying to Istanbul LGBTI activists who requested information, that “Already dead, why do you care?”.
 

Istanbul Convention: Ireland signs and the Netherlands ratifies

On 5 November, Ireland signed the Istanbul Convention – the convention on action against violence against women and domestic violence. Later in November, The Netherlands ratified the convention, and which brings the total number of ratifications to 19. 
 

Life of Mikhail Pischevsky celebrated at ILGA-Europe Annual Conference 2015

ILGA-Europe joined a group of NGOs in a statement to the Turkish government to express our grave concern about the lack of a political response over recent attacks, discriminatory treatment and incitement to violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in Turkey.

Education

 

Seminar: How to support youth to start GSAs in school

COC-Netherlands and ILGA-Europe jointly organised a capacity-building seminar on supporting youth to start GSAs in schools on 6-8 November in Amsterdam. GSAs are groups of LGBTI and non-LGBTI people that want to create a safer school for everyone. GSAs are often named Gay-Straight Alliances but can also mean Gender and Sexuality Alliance..
Read more about the event here
 

Employment

 

Ukraine approves anti-discrimination clause in labour code

On 5 November, Ukrainian Parliament voted in support of a non-discrimination provision in the country’s labour Code. The provision includes, inter alia, sexual orientation and gender identity as protected grounds. This bill, being the first one in Ukraine to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity, was signed into law by President Poroshenko later in November. The amendment has been facing a strong opposition and might be at risk. A bill was tabled to the parliament that calls for withdrawal of the adopted non-discrimination amendment, referring to procedural violations. Additionally, the Parliament is still considering a new version of the Labour Code, which does not include a non-discrimination provision. The new draft is up for two more readings in the Parliament.
 

Equality and non-discrimination

 

Two calls for international projects from the European Commission

On 27 November 2015, the European Commission published a call for transnational projects to combat homophobia and other forms of intolerance. Moreover, other calls related to hate crime and victims’ support are coming up soon. If you are interested in applying, please inform Michael Cerulus, Senior Policy Officer, if you want us to help you bring different organisations together, e.g. for transnational projects.
 

EU Enlargement

 

Latest EU enlargement reports will be litmus test for accession countries


Family

 

Civil unions to become a reality in Cyprus

On 26 November, the Cypriot parliament has voted in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill, meaning that same-sex couples in Cyprus will be legally recognised for the first time.
 

Irish presidential commission signs equal marriage act into law

Five months after the widely celebrated referendum, marriage equality has become a reality for same-sex couples in Ireland.
 

Portuguese parliament votes to allow same-sex couples to apply for joint adoption

On 20 November, the Portuguese parliament voted in favour in the first reading to allow same-sex couples to apply for joint adoption. The law proposal will now be discussed in a parliamentarian committee on fundamental rights, and then will have to be submitted to a final vote before it can be signed into law.
 

Greek government commits to laws promoting LGBTI equality

On 30 October, in an unprecedented show of political support for the rights of LGBTI people, representatives from all the main parliamentary parties signed an equality pledge in Athens during the Annual Conference 2015.

Freedom of expression

 

Lithuanian parliament removes 'anti-propaganda'-style amendment from agenda


Health

 

PrEP available in France from 2016

 

European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week 2015

 

EATG treatment literacy training: STEP-UP 2016 Call for applications


Legal gender recognition

 

Italian Constitutional Court says legal gender recognition does not depend on medical treatments

On 5 November, the Italian Constitutional Court confirmed that trans people in Italy do not have undergo surgery as a perquisite for legal gender recognition. This decision follows the earlier finding of the Italian Supreme Court in July this year that sterilisation is not a requirement for gender recognition. ILGA-Europe is delighted to see that the Italian judiciary is taking positive steps to protect the rights of trans people. Before this judgment, trans people often faced varying levels of invasiveness and barriers to recognition, depending on where in Italy they lived.
 

Two new publications on legal gender recognition from Council of Europe and Open Society Foundations

During November, two new publications on legal gender recognition were published: The Council of Europe launched their Protecting human rights of transgender persons - A short guide to legal gender recognition, and the Open Society Foundation published their report called License to Be Yourself: Trans Children and Youth.

Notice board

 

TGEU is 10 years old!

Over the past 10 years, Transgender Europe (TGEU) has played a pivotal role in highlighting the human rights of trans persons on a European level. Finally trans rights are on the agenda, and in this short film Julia, Nicolas, Sasha, Clemence, and Wiktor share how this has happened, and how TGEU has helped to build a movement. Congratulations from ILGA-Europe!

Job opportunity - Programs Officer with Astraea

Astraea, Lesbian Foundation for Justice, seeks a dedicated, passionate and collaborative Program Officer to expand their international grantmaking and join their growing Program Team based in New York. Deadline for applications: 7 December.

 

 

Film to watch - Credence