Rainbow Digest June 2023

 

Help transform realities for LGBTI communities across Europe and Central Asia.With your support we can do more. Make change happen here.

No. 333. June 2023. In this issue…

ILGA-Europe

Bodily integrity

Data collection

Family

Freedom of assembly

Freedom of expression

Human rights defenders

Legal gender recognition

Sexual and reproductive rights

Notice board

 

ILGA-Europe

New podcast episode exploring the Rainbow Map

In the latest episode of The Frontline, exploring the complexities behind the rankings in the annual Rainbow Map, we are joined by guests Robert Attard from the Malta Gay Rights Movement, Simona Mursec from Ljubljana Pride Association in Slovenia and Sophie Schers from Transgender Network in The Netherlands. We’re also joined by Mehmet Akin from the ILGA-Europe team, who oversees the collection of data and rankings on the Rainbow Map and Index, and our Advocacy Director, Katrin Hugendubel, to talk about what we see happening now and in the future.
Listen to the podcast on your favourite platform.
 

Get your own Revolut rainbow card in support of ILGA-Europe

For the fifth year running, ILGA-Europe are delighted to be partnering up with fintech company Revolut for their annual Pride campaign. Make a donation to ILGA-Europe on the Revolut app and get your very own rainbow payment card to #PayWithPride all year long. To unlock your rainbow card in the UK or EEA, customers simply need to make a minimum donation of £/€1 (T&Cs and delivery fees apply). To show their commitment to LGBTI equality, Revolut will match contributions made to ILGA-Europe. For every card ordered until the end of July 2023, Revolut will donate £1 to ILGA-Europe, up to a total of £10,000. To date Revolut customers have donated over €800,000 in support of our vital work for LGBTI people’s safety, equality and freedom across the European region. This is unrestricted funding, which we directly regrant to activist organisations, particularly in countries where LGBTI people are at risk.
Find out how to get your rainbow card.

Bodily integrity

Iceland bans conversion practices

On 9 June, the Parliament of Iceland passed a strong ban of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression conversion practices. The legislation was widely supported, with 53 voting ‘yes’, three abstaining, 0 "no" vote. Iceland joins France, Germany, Greece, Malta, and Spain in Europe banning conversion practices.
Read more.

Data collection

New translation of the research about hate speech against intersex people in Greece

Intersex Greece conducted the research ‘Hate speech against intersex people in Greece’ in 2022 with the support of ILGA-Europe. The research is now available in English as well. It is one of the few researches in the world that was continuously supervised by people who belong to the intersex spectrum themselves. 
Read more and download your own copy of the report.
 

New research on public opinion on LGBTIQ+ people in Western Balkans

ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association published the report of their public opinion poll on the attitudes of the Western Balkans’ general public towards LGBTIQ+ persons. Public attitudes towards LGBTIQ+ people were still predominantly negative in December 2022 – January 2023, when this survey was conducted. They have, however, shown improvement compared to 2015.
Read more.

Family

Estonian Parliament voted on marriage equality

On 20 June, the Estonian government voted on the amendments to the Family Law Act and related legislation, which is granting marriage equality. The 85 amendments to the Family Law Act and other legislation which will introduce same-sex marriage contracts also include the establishment of the implementing acts for the Registered Partnership Act. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said that "this decision shows that our society is caring and respectful towards each other." The act is planned to enter into force on 1 January 2024.

Freedom of assembly

Bans and police attacks continue at Pride events in Turkey

A month after the Turkish elections, for which the winner,Recep Tayyip Erdoğan scapegoated LGBTI people, activists and allies have been rallying at Pride marches across the country. We presented an up-to-date account of the latest events in a blog, as reported by LGBTI activists on the ground in Turkey. (Photo: Mertcan Bükülmez / Kaos GL)

Freedom of expression

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament plans to pass an “anti-propaganda” law

On 20 June, a parliamentary committee passed a draft law, On Introduction of Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Kyrgyz Republic, that would prohibit certain types of information as harmful to children’s health and development. It expands the definition of information harmful for children to include information about “nontraditional sexual relationships.”

Human rights defenders

Why are LGBTI activists such fierce defenders of democracy?

On 6 June, our Executive Director, Evelyne Paradis spoke at the Democracy Alive conference in Brussels, about the DNA that drives LGBTI activists in a Europe where there’s a mistaken assumption that everyone has access to democracy. “While democracy may not be flawless, marginalised communities, including LGBTI people, rely on its rules and practices; they depend on them to access their fundamental rights. This is one of the key reasons why LGBTI activists find themselves at the forefront of defending freedom of assembly, association, expression, and media freedom.”

Legal gender recognition

European Court says Hungary has violated human rights

On 22 June, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Hungary has violated the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to ensure that trans people have the right to change their name and gender marker. The judgement confirmed that Hungary’s ban on legal gender recognition is a violation of the right to private and family life in the European Convention. The Council of Europe member states should ensure that trans people have the right to change their name and gender marker through a process in line with the established human rights framework.
 

Campaign calling Slovenia to remove the requirement of diagnosis for LGR

Amnesty Slovenia and TransAkcija started a campaign calling on the Slovenian Ministry of Health to remove the requirement of diagnosis for legal gender recognition. In order to rectify the procedure, this condition should be deleted in the Rules on the implementation of the Register of Deaths, Births and Marriages Act. Currently legal gender recognition in Slovenia violates several human rights, namely the right to the inviolability of a person's physical and mental integrity, to personal dignity, safety, health and privacy (Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights).
 

Russia's Parliament seeks to ban legal gender recognition and transition-related interventions

On 14 June, Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, approved in the first reading a bill that seeks to ban legal gender recognition and transition-related interventions, while authorising non-consensual surgeries on intersex children. Until now, the bill has been fast-tracked. On 28 June, the window for feedback to the bill closed, and the date for the second and third readings are yet to be set. While the legislation has yet to become law, numerous civil registries across the country have already created obstacles for individuals seeking to change their documents, causing delays or outright refusals under various pretexts. The bill is a massive setback for trans and intersex people and for the LGBTI movement in Russia.
Read more.
Read the analysis and full timeline with updates in Russian.

Sexual and reproductive rights

Malta proposes a new bill on abortion

On 23 June, the government of Malta introduced the text of a new bill that will allow for abortions to be carried out in specific circumstances. The Voice for Choice coalition says that the new amendments to a so-called abortion bill are dangerous and will lead to vulnerable pregnant people being left "permanently disabled or dead". The coalition said that the revised version of the Bill is "a step in the wrong direction".

Notice board

Join the event about recognition of parenthood

On 5 July, ILGA-Europe’s Advocacy Director Katrin Hugendubel will join the event "Cross-border family situations – recognition of parenthood" organised by the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament to talk about recognition of parenthood in the EU. The event will be at the European Parliament in Brussels but also webstreamed and interpretation will be provided in DE, EN, FR, IT and ES.
Read more and watch it live.

Apply for a funding on strategic litigation to advance digital rights

Digital Freedom Fund recently opened another call for grant applications, continuing their support for strategic litigation to advance digital rights in Europe. Funding is not just for digital rights organisations, but also provides support to racial, social, feminist, queer, environmental, migrant rights and economic justice movements and organisations working on digital rights.
Read more and apply before 20 July.

Take part in the research about LGBTIQ+ women in sport

The Equality Within Sport (EWS) Committee of ENGSO, the European Sports NGO, is conducting a survey to understand the situation of LGBTIQ+ women in sport across Europe. The results will serve as a basis for further education, awareness raising and change campaigns in European grassroots sport to promote visibility, equality, and inclusion in sport. Women athletes, coaches, sport coordinators, board members, referees, we appreciate your participation in the survey. It will take around 6 minutes to answer. It is anonymous and confidential.
Take the survey.

New EU grants on health

The European Health and Digital Executive Agency has published 12 calls for proposals under the 2023 EU4Health Work Programme. The topics include healthcare access, mental health, NCDs, cancer, Substances of Human Origin and medical devices. EU4Health, with a budget of €5.3 billion, is the fourth and largest of the EU health programmes.
Read more and apply for grants by 17 October.

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