The Spanish government has reinstated free assisted reproduction for single and queer women and extended it to transgender people.
France could soon become the next country to outlaw “conversion therapies” , which aim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
A long and difficult battle ended with a referendum on same-sex marriage and equal adoption in Switzerland. The “yes” camp won by a majority vote that now extends full legal rights for same-sex couples across the country.
The Anglican Church in Wales has approved the blessing of same-sex couples in a civil marriage. This decision is a significant moment that will have a lasting impact on church members.
The idea of marriage equality has been the subject of much debate in recent years in Switzerland. Recently, there was an interesting poll that shows broad support for same-sex marriage ahead of the referendum on the issue.
Poland is in a tough spot. The European Union has threatened to cut its budget over discriminatory laws.
The Methodist Church has finally voted in favor of same-sex marriages. This is a huge step forward for the LGBTQ+ community and an important victory for marriage equality.
The Hungarian Parliament voted on a bill that prohibits the discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Lithuania is a country where neither equal marriage nor civil unions are open to same-sex couples. As a result, a bill called the “Partnership Law” was introduced in parliament to open civil unions to same-sex couples.
Since 2006, only civil unions have been open to same-sex couples in the Czech Republic. Thus, a bill was recently introduced in the House to legalize marriage equality in the country.
I’ve been telling you a lot lately about what’s happening in Poland, about the anti-LGBTQ stances, about the so-called “free of LGBTQ” zones, about the sanctions taken by the European Union, and about the so-called “LGBTQ Freedom Zone”, but today I’d like to show you the concrete consequences of the resolution of the so-called “LGBTQ-free zones” because you’d think that nothing would happen to those municipalities who signed this resolution.
Well, think again, it hits home, and it hurts, as the mayor of Krasnik, Wojciech Wilk, found out.
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French senators had to consider the revision of the bioethics law and its amendment opening insemination to all women, whether they are single and straight or LGBTQ.
Vera Bergkamp, the former president of the Dutch LGBTQ rights organization, COC Netherland, who became a member of the Democrats 66 (D66) elected in the House of Representatives in 2012, introduced a motion to ban “conversion therapies” in the country.
The Constitutional Court of Romania canceled the ban on gender identity studies, to everyone’s surprise, considering it unconstitutional.
Before the holidays, we had seen that the law to legalize marriage equality in Switzerland seemed unstoppable and this has been confirmed.
An open letter from over 700 people, political leaders and personalities (actors, journalists), explicitly calls for actions to be taken to fight transphobia within political parties.
Hungary could toughen its laws against the LGBTQ community.
The LGBTQ anti-discrimination bill has successfully passed its first stage in Italy.
We now know a little more about the plan in favor of LGBTQ rights that the European Commission wants to put in place.
A new poll shows an overwhelming majority of voters supports the legalization of marriage equality in Switzerland.
Fermoy in Ireland has finally made its decision regarding the future of its twinning with a Polish town that had taken a stand against LGBTQ people.
Last year, the fashion in Poland was for “LGBTQ-free zones”.
Each of the 100 Polish municipalities that joined this hate movement passed an anti-LGBTQ resolution and carefully placed an “LGBTQ-Free Zone” sign at the entrance of their cities.
Since then, the European Union (EU) has been hitting in their wallet.
Six of these municipalities have been sanctioned for their anti-LGBTQ stance thanks to the work of Helena Dalli, the European Commissioner for Equality, who has been instrumental in the EU’s decision-making.
Dalli had affirmed that “EU values and fundamental rights must be respected by member states and public authorities.”
When I covered these unprecedented EU sanctions, I wondered whether they would continue and whether other sanctions would emerge.
Well, today, here’s the beginning of an answer.
What is happening in Germany? A few months ago, the government introduced a bill to ban “conversion therapies” and now I hear that the rights of LGBTQ moms may be moving forward in the country.
In Italy, despite the opening of civil unions to same-sex couples in 2016, the LGBTQ community is far from being accepted, so a bill against discrimination and hate crimes was introduced in Parliament this summer.