For the last two days we attended the 2nd European Rainbow Cities Conference in Barcelona, where people shared and listened to different experiences on LGBTI policies at local level in Europe. Organized by Ajuntament de Barcelona Diputació de Barcelona in collaboration with UVic.
The 2nd day of the IDAHOT Forum started with a short address by Dutch Minister for Education and Culture Jet Bussemaker from PvDA of. It was followed by a presentation by the European Commission DG Justice on the LGBTI list of actions and other actions for LGBTI. Julia Erht, Executive Director of TGEU – Transgender Europe presented the TGEU 2016 Map.
We also had the chance to exchange points of view and listen to the demands of Danish NGO’s representatives. They have a long history on the fight for LGBTI rights.
Belgian MEP Marie Arena from the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament: “When a child is born or adopted, it is very important for parents to be able to spend time with their child to develop a relationship. Having good parental leave conditions is essential to guarantee this.”
“This is the same for all parents, without regard to sexual orientation. It is important that these key rights are ensured equally for everyone.” Continue reading Parliament speaks out for equal parental leave rights same-sex couples with children
Another press release from Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament with Italian MEP Gianni Pittella President of the group: “We are very clear – equal rights are not a negotiable principle. It is not acceptable that in 2016, many people in civil partnerships or same-sex marriages do not have that status recognised when they move or travel to other EU countries. This is a bar to free movement of people and the EU must act to stop this form of discrimination.”
Continue reading S&D Group: EU must do more in the fight for LGBTI rights
Read our joint press release with Sergei Stanishev President of the Party of European Socialists and Gurmai Zita President of PES Women for #IDAHOT2016 highlighting the great work of Maltese PM Joseph Muscat and its government and other progressive reforms by our sister parties. Also another opportunity to highlight the LGBTI paper by Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament.
Have a look to the ambitious paper by the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament on LGBTI! An important paper within our political family reminding that LGBTI rights are still at the top of the agenda and still a lot needs to be done at EU level, and other level of government. It is the result of a great collaboration with Rainbow Rose and all the group!
Press Release. 6 April 2016. For immediate release.
A recent Finnish Citizen Initiative proposes that a new Maternity Law should be passed with some other small changes to the existing legislation, in order to accommodate the new Maternity Law.
This new initiative covers female same-sex couples, who receive in-vitro fertilization and the child, who is born into this family.
The new Maternity Law would include the same rights to recognize the other mother in same sex relationship as the child’s guardian, in the same way as a father can legally be recognized as the guardian, in the current law. The Fatherhood Law was passed on 1st January 2016, and this new Maternity Law is almost identical. Continue reading Rainbow Rose & Finnish S&D MEPs: It’s time to change the Finnish maternity law!
On 6 April 2016 Dutch citizens will vote on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement by referendum. Beside economic and commercial interests, human rights and LGBTI rights in particular are put in the debate. The Dutch government supports three campaigns initiatives echoing concerns of Ukrainian LGBT groups.
Rainbow Rose is also very concerned by the fact that such a potential coalition partner could prevent any legislative move on LGBTI basic rights which are highly needed: for instance same-sex couples do not have any legal protection of any form in this country.