European Union votes to protect LGBTI rights
The European parliament has voted to draw up a plan for the members of the EU to work on eliminating discrimination and to ensure the rights of Europe’s LGBTI people. The resolution was voted on last night and passed by 394 votes to 176.
The plan seeks to remove discrimination in areas such as health, employment and education.
“Homophobia must not be tolerated in Europe any more,” MEP Ulrike Lunacek told The Journal. “So many of us lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people have lived our lives in fear for too long. Fear of holding hands on the street, fear of being called names, fear of being thrown out of our houses, schools or jobs.”
The resolution states that the laws of individual member states will be respected as part of the roadmap but will be designed to protect LGBTI rights in a manner similar to EU strategies against discrimination based on sex, disability or ethnicity.
In particular, MEPs have called for a review of the rights of transgender people, to “introduce or review legal gender recognition procedures so they fully respect transgender people’s right to dignity and bodily integrity”.