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EU: Polish regions at risk of lost funding over ‘LGBT-free’ zones

EU: Polish regions at risk of lost funding over ‘LGBT-free’ zones

The European Commission has written to five Polish regional councils urging them to abandon declarations that they are “LGBT-free” in order to receive funding, one of the councils affected confirmed last week. The European Union executive is currently at loggerheads with Poland and Hungary over issues ranging from LGBT rights to press freedoms. In July […]

Europe: LGBT+ Prides swap parties for politics due to COVID-19

Europe: LGBT+ Prides swap parties for politics due to COVID-19

Pride marches around Europe are swapping mass parties for much smaller gatherings focused on fighting LGBT+ inequality, with one of the world’s biggest parades announcing on Monday scaled back plans for this year’s event, due to COVID-19. WorldPride, which is usually held in a different city every two years, and [which] drew about 5 million […]

LGBT+ Pride marches planned as COVID-19 vaccinations increase

LGBT+ Pride marches planned as COVID-19 vaccinations increase

Some of Europe’s biggest LGBT+ Pride marches are being planned for later this year, as mass COVID-19 vaccinations raise hopes of a post-pandemic return to the streets, organisers said on Friday. In Britain, where the government said a ban on big events would be lifted in June if cases fall sufficiently, Pride organisers in Birmingham, […]

More European politicians using homophobic speech

More European politicians using homophobic speech

Homophobic language and hate speech against transgender people are on the increase among European politicians, an advocacy group said on Tuesday, as it sounded the alarm about a backlash against LGBT+ rights in the region. Politicians in 17 countries in Europe and Central Asia – including Estonia, Finland and Italy – have verbally attacked LGBT+ […]

Experts: Rising populism threatens LGBT+ rights in Europe

Experts: Rising populism threatens LGBT+ rights in Europe

Rising populism and nationalism pose the greatest threats to LGBT+ rights in Europe, activists said on Thursday, as they gathered in Prague for a major annual conference. Campaigners attending the annual conference of LGBT+ rights organisation, ILGA-Europe, said they had growing concerns about the rise of right-wing politicians and a dip in public support.

Homophobia rises in European countries without gay marriage

Homophobia rises in European countries without gay marriage

Homophobia has risen in European countries that do not legally recognise same-sex relationships, while acceptance of gay and lesbian people has jumped in states where they can marry, research released on Wednesday showed. Most European countries saw a rise in acceptance of same-sex relationships between 2002 and 2016, according to Hungarian researchers who analysed results […]

‘A Soul for Europe’ Conference 2016

‘A Soul for Europe’ Conference 2016

Since the Brexit vote in Great Britain, it has become clear that politics has failed in overcoming the dismissive attitude many citizens have towards the EU, and its institutions. According to the European Parliament, Europe needs to explore new avenues to convince the citizens of the necessity of a European unification process. They say that […]

Ecoutez-les: Four French trans people on law proposal for legal gender recognition

Ecoutez-les: Four French trans people on law proposal for legal gender recognition

In France, in 2016, to get one’s gender marker and first name changed, a trans person needs to go to court, and often comply with abusive requirements: psychiatric diagnosis, forced sterilization, medical treatments, etc. On 20th September, ILGA Europe launched a video on legal gender recognition, and about the vote on the law on Justice […]

Serbia Sees First Pride Festival In Four Years

Serbia Sees First Pride Festival In Four Years

The Serbian capital of Belgrade bore witness to the country’s first LGBT pride festival in four years last weekend, as hundreds took to the streets in a peaceful march through the city. Members of the LGBT community and several members of the Serbian authorities gathered over the weekend to march through Belgrade, which has not […]

Belgrade Hosts International LGBT Conference

Belgrade Hosts International LGBT Conference

An international conference on LGBT rights launches later today in Belgrade, with many delegates from across the EU attending the event at the Metropol Hotel. ‘The future belongs to us: LGBT rights on the road to the European Union’ is the title of the European conference opening today, organised by Germany’s Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation from Germany […]