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!
Great video from the Party of European Socialists and PES Women and Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA) for the International Women’s rights day. A great testimony of discriminations faced by women in our society from a transgender perspective!
Today we launched our press release on the rejection of the discriminatory definition of marriage in a Swiss referendum last weekend!
Margret Kiener Nellen, National councilor of PS Suisse/ SP Schweiz declared: “While so many other Western countries open-up the marriage for all – including thus homosexual couples – the so-called “Christian” Democratic Party of Switzerland wants to discriminate hundred thousands of homosexual couples in Switzerland by writing a new clause into the Federal Constitution defining marriage exclusively for one man and one woman and therefore blocking the positive votes Swiss Parliament has already taken on a “Marriage for ALL-Initiative”.
Thanks to the party for its strong support for same-sex couples.
You may read the full Press Release here.