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Cyprus government makes significant step towards equality for all families

Today the Cypriot government approved a long-awaited bill introducing civil partnerships for all couples. The bill is now with the Cypriot parliament for final approval.


Statement on Nigel Warner’s inclusion in New Year’s Honours List 2015

ILGA-Europe extends our warmest congratulations to close friend and colleague Nigel Warner who was included in the New Year’s Honours list, announced on 30 December 2014.


Russia: Shrinking the space and increasing the stigma

ILGA-Europe is very dismayed to learn that one of its member organisations has become the first LGBTI group to be listed as a so-called ‘foreign agent’ under Russia’s notorious legislation. Rakurs, an Archangelsk-based organisation dedicated to LGBTI rights, was recognised as a ‘foreign agent’ by the Russian Ministry of Justice on Monday (15 December 2014).


Sexual orientation and refugee status – CJEU steps in to protect the rights of asylum seekers

A ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union which insists on respect for the dignity and private lives of asylum seekers is a welcome development according to ILGA-Europe.


EU equal treatment law: we’ve been waiting too long!

As high-level EU Member States’ representatives meet today to discuss how to make equality a reality for all, equality and anti-discrimination organisations call on them to show a real commitment to equality by finally adopting an EU law on equal treatment.


First ever LGBTI human rights conference at the Council of the European Union

ILGA-Europe welcomes the first ever high level conference addressing the issues of LGBTI people’s human rights hosted today at the Council of the European Union, the highest decision making institution of the European Union.


Today is the International Action Day for Trans Depathologisation

ILGA-Europe welcomes the proposal by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to remove the notion of "gender identity disorder" from the International Classification of Diseases.


LGBTI children have the right to safety and equality

ILGA-Europe welcomes Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner comment on LGBTI children’s right to safety and equality


Media accreditation opens for ILGA-Europe’s 18th Annual Conference in Rīga

Our Annual Conference is the largest event on LGBTI political agenda in Europe and this year will bring together almost 350 human rights activists and decision makers from 48 countries.

(in English & latviešu valodā)


ILGA-Europe welcomes high prominence of fundamental rights in new European Commission

Today Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has announced the composition of the new European Commission.


Self-declaration of sexual orientation must be starting point when verifying credibility of LGB asylum cases

On 17 July 2014, the Advocate General Sharpston of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued an opinion on how asylum authorities should act when verify the sexual orientation of an asylum seeker, and how such assessments comply with the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.


Permanent exclusion of men having sex with men from blood donation is not justifiable, says Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Today Advocate General Mengozzi of the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its Opinion in the case of Geoffrey Léger v Ministre des affaires sociales et de la santé and Établissement français du sang and said that a sexual relationship between two men does not in itself constitute conduct that justifies permanent exclusion from giving blood.


European Court of Human Rights fails to preserve trans woman’s marriage

On 16 July 2014, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of Hämäläinen v. Finland. It ruled that Finland did not violate the human rights of a trans woman by requiring that her marriage be downgraded to a registered partnership in order for her to obtain her legal gender recognition.


ILGA-Europe is concerned with the cancellation of Kyiv Pride due to police failure to ensure protection

This year’s Kyiv Pride, scheduled for 5 July, was cancelled after the Ukrainian police claimed they would not be able to protect the Pride participants because of expected counter protests. Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kyiv, stated that now is not the right time for ‘entertainment’ events such as Pride.


Denmark becomes the first European country to allow legal change of gender without clinical diagnosis

Today the Danish parliamentarians passed a law which removes a number of obstacles for legal gender recognition. Denmark is now the first country in Europe where a requirement for ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ diagnosis or any psychological assessment/opinion is not necessary for a person to legally obtain their preferred gender.

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