In a landmark vote, the European Parliament has demanded to include LGBTI rights in a future EU gender equality strategy. The depatholization component is so critical and must be watched closely.
Asks to ensure the full legal recognition of a person’s preferred gender, which is vital for trans and intersex persons (par. 24) and to work towards full depathologization of trans identities, including in childhood (par. 55);
Demands an inclusive definition of families, including families with LGBT parents in labour and family law (par. 31);
Calls on the Commission to tackle prejudice against LGBTI persons in schools (par. 61)
Furthermore, the Parliament reiterates its call to adopt a separate strategy on LGBTI rights. It also calls on the Council to adopt a Directive that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of inter alia sexual orientation, in education, social protection and access to goods and services (par. 2).
“The attempt by EPP and ECR to delete all LGBTI content shows just how out of touch they have become with today’s society. Thankfully, the Parliament rejected their attempts, and voted in favour of the original report.”
All LGBTI content was threatened by an alternative resolution as well as numerous split and separate votes, demanded by the conservative and right-wing groups EPP and ECR.
“I am very glad that the Parliament affirmed its full commitment to gender equality and LGBTI rights. It is now up to the Commission to ensure that the final strategy reflects this progressive input.”