13 Jul, 2021

Same love, same rights: Making Europe a LGBTQI+ Freedom Zone

Europe’s liberals are the ultimate defender of the rights of sexual minorities. In the European Parliament, the Renew Europe Group has fought tirelessly for equal rights and opportunities for LGBTQI+ people in the European Union and beyond. Although the majority of EU Member States have legal measures against discrimination, they are not sufficiently implemented, leaving members of the LGBTQI+ community vulnerable to hate crimes and discrimination in their everyday lives.

Renew Europe is determined is to make tangible progress in this area through the following measures:

  • Declaring the EU a LGBTQI+ Freedom Zone (European Parliament resolution approved in March 2021)
  • Recognising and expanding the rights of rainbow families in all 27 EU Member States
  • Banning forced conversion therapies targeting youth
  • Pushing for the adoption of Horizontal Equal Treatment Directive, including strong equal treatment rights for LGBTQI+ people
  • Ensuring the EU is a safe and welcoming place of refuge for LGBTQI+ asylum seekers
  • Advocating the inclusion of LGBTQI+ rights in all EU monitoring exercises on democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights across the EU

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