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Newsletter 3/2016

Words from Secretary General

We relaunched Rainbow Rose three years ago. Hard, inspiring and volunteering work brought our organization to be the most important and influential LGBTI political organization. And this is possible because of teamwork, within our political family but also together with our important networks all along Europe. Everyone one of you and all together we make the fight for a better and equal Europe which worths to live in.

Saludos socialista,
Jose A. Santoro
Secretary General of Rainbow Rose

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Newsletter 1/2016

Words from the president

Dear supporters of Rainbow Rose,

Aurélien Mazuy, President
Aurélien Mazuy, President

it was a big honour for me to be re-elected as President of the network. Our new team is very motivated to continue our endless journey for a more inclusive Europe. I am glad to introduce you to our newsletter which will give you a snapshot of our activities and important news all over Europe. Hoping to see many of you during our events and actions all over Europe.

Amitiés socialistes
Aurélien Mazuy

General Assembly 2015

The last General Assembly of Rainbow Rose took place in Berlin in ga_rrNovember 2015. Over 40 people from all over Europe were there. Besides discussion on the future of our organisation and our priorities, a new board was elected for 2 years.

The board of Rainbow Rose for 2015-2017 is composed by:
Aurélien Mazuy (France) – re-elected as President
Mia Sundelin (Sweden) – Vice President
Jose Ángel Santoro (Spain) – Secretary General
Lars Vorberger (Germany) – Treasurer
Bea Tilanus (The Netherlands)
Hanna Huumonen (Finland)
Joël le Deroff (Belgium)

Board meeting in Gentrr_gent

In early January the board met for the first time physically for a working weekend in Gent, Belgium. We planned work, events and actions for 2016. It was an important time to talk about our strategies and how to reinforce our links with our member structures. It was also an excellent opportunity to get to know each other better!

EuroPride in Amsterdam

From 1st to 7th of August EuroPride is being held in Amsterdam. Rainbow Rose will participate from 5-7th of August together with europrpideour sister organisation from the Netherlands (Roze Netwerk PvdA). You want to join the EuroPride the whole time or just part of it? SAVE THE DATE and contact Bea (beakees {@} so we can set up a list and keep you updated about our joint actions.

European Commission publishes List of Actions to advance LGBTI equality

The Commission is committed to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

On December 2015 European Commissioner Jourová presented the Commission’s List of Actions to advance LGBTI equality to be implemented during the period 2016-2019. It is a good step but it is not as comprehensive as the LGBT Roadmap we have been calling for. Rainbow Rose will keep monitoring this strategy.

Italian parliament to vote for a law on registering same-sex partnership

Many S&D members of Italian parlament ar supporting the new law proposal. Also a demonstartion on behalf of the law was arranged in 23rd of January. Read our full press release here.

Adoption: The socialists and the left mobilised for equality in Portugal!

On 10 February, the Portuguese Republic’s Assembly has confirmed amendments to the civil code proposed by the Socialist Party (member of PES) and the other parliamentary left-wing parties. HOMOSEXUALES--620x349Portugal becomes the 13th country in Europe to allow same-sex couples to jointly adopt children, and partners in same-sex couples to adopt their spouse’s children. Read our full press release here.

Event: LGBTI Refugees – another perspective to the crisis

Rainbow Rose is happy to co-organise with GPF, YES, PES Women and FEPS, : LGBTI Refugees: another perspective to the crisis, which will take place on February 18-19 in Istanbul, Turkey. Politicians, Turkish civil society, NGOs, Academics and Officials will seat together to discuss how to address the refugees’ situation.

Upcoming Events

26 Feb: Bea from our board will be attending a conference organized by the UK LGBT Labour on the Brexit in Liverpool: Europe and the fight for LGBT equality in Liverpool. It will be an opportunity to add the LGBT European perspective in the current debates.