Equality and LGBTI Rights

07.05.13 @ 08:44

With the pride parade season approaching, EUobserver looks at just how progressive European countries really are on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and intersex (LGBTI) people.

EU ministers urge Reding to do more for gay rights

17.05.13 @ 08:24

Fourteen member states have backed a petition urging the European Commission to do more for the rights of sexual minorities, with the last major initiative several years ago.

Targeted action requires clear plan … LGBTI issues are no different

16.05.13 @ 16:37

If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex person in the EU, there is a strong chance you have experienced homophobia or even violence at school.

Bulgaria and Italy trail in EU on gay rights legislation

16.05.13 @ 08:43

Sexual minorities have the most legal protection in the UK while Bulgaria and Italy trail among EU countries when it comes to equality rights and legislation against homophobic violence and hate speech.


Defending human rights in Georgia

27.05.13 @ 13:43

Earlier this month, a small gathering by LGBTI activists was met with a 20,000-strong protest march in Tbilisi. The clashes highlighted the resistance to change in some parts of Georgian society, but they also demonstrated that change is afoot.

Report: sexual minorities in EU face hate speech, violence and discrimination

16.05.13 @ 09:18

Gay rights are still patchy across the EU, with homosexuality a criminal act in northern Cyprus, Finland reluctant to remove a sterilisation clause in a transgender law and France seeing mass protests against same-sex marriage.

'Changing gender should be as easy as changing car numberplate'

14.05.13 @ 00:09

Ten EU countries require people to be sterilised if they want to change their gender. Activists says the obligation is "beyond comprehension."

Same-sex marriage underlines social change in Ireland

07.05.13 @ 08:42

A recent convention in Ireland on same-sex marriage has highlighted the depth of social change in a country that decriminalised homosexuality only 20 years ago.

Gay rights is EU entry criterion, Brussels says

13.07.12 @ 09:15

The European Commission has said in a written note that respect for gay rights is a legal criterion for EU accession.

Commission accused of censorship

15.06.12 @ 18:45

The European Commission on Friday was accused of censorship for omitting from a report on men's health issues such as homosexuality, condom use, divorce and suicide. The commission denies any wrongdoing.

Intersex people in EU: ashamed and invisible

12.06.12 @ 08:36

Mainstream European society is slowly coming to understand lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But intersex people in the EU live largely in the dark.

Reding should 'stick neck out' on gay rights

07.05.13 @ 08:43

Gay rights issues are seen as one of the most sensitive issues for politicians to work on, right alongside abortion.

Anti-gay lobby in Brussels linked to US neocons

28.06.12 @ 09:22

Lobbyists in the EU capital opposing gay rights are in close contact with American neoconservative organisations, raising questions about where their money comes from.

EU on gay rights: words or actions?

13.06.12 @ 23:33

MEPs say the EU commission is big on "words, not action" on gay rights. The commission says it uses "actions, not words."

Polish MEPs least gay-friendly in EU parliament

06.06.12 @ 12:43

Polish MEPs are - by far - the least gay-friendly, followed by Latvians, Lithuanians and Italians, with Sweden at the other end of the scale.