LGBT DISCRIMINATION: EUROPEAN AND LOCAL PERSPECTIVES AND ACTIONS
Agenda of the Workshop
Welcome and introduction
Presentation of the 2020 EU Fundamental Rights Agency Report:” A long way to go for LGBTI equality” by Juul VAN HOOF, Programme Officer and seconded national expert at the FRA.
The situation in Cardiff and Wales -The view from a campaigning NGO. Iestyn Wyn , Campaigns, Policy and Research Manager, Stonewall Cymru
The work of the Hamburg Police LGTBI team- Marco Burmester-Krüger and Petra Marzian, police officers
16:30 Painting the Rainbow: How LGBTI freedom of artistic expression is denied – key findings of report produced by Freemuse-Paige Collings, Advocacy Officer
16:45 End of workshop
TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP, PLEASE, CLICK ON THIS ZOOM LINK
Meeting ID: 987 4168 8438
If you would like to receive the a̳u̳d̳i̳o̳ ̳t̳r̳a̳n̳s̳l̳a̳t̳i̳o̳n̳ ̳o̳f̳ ̳t̳h̳e̳ ̳m̳e̳e̳t̳i̳n̳g̳, all you need to do is follow these steps:
Download the I̳n̳t̳e̳r̳a̳c̳t̳i̳o̳ ̳A̳p̳p̳ from the Apple Store or Google Play store or access the web app from your laptop Google Chrome browser https://app.interactio.io/
Enter the event code AMADORA
Plug in your headphones.
Open the App and select the English, German, or Portuguese channel
How to listen to the interpretation:
By phone: The best way is to open Interactio program on your phone and listen to interpretation through phone and video meeting through the computer.
By computer: If you want to listen Interactio on the same device as video meeting, you need to mute the video meeting and only listen through Interactio page: app.interactio.io
We live in age of misinformation and fake news. Many people therefore are of the view that discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) groups has greatly diminished. However, unfortunately the reality is that the picture is much more complex.
ILGA-Europe’s , a leading international NGO focused on this issues states in its 2020 review :”Yes, there are good news stories, which we must acknowledge, celebrate and build upon, but while we pay attention to positive developments, we must not be blind to the larger picture, which is less reassuring”
Similarly, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency 2020 report(the results of a survey of 140,000 LGBTI people) is entitled “A long way to go for LGBTI equality”. The report highlights the fact that a majority of LGBTI respondents (58 %) had experienced, ”harassment in the form of offensive or threatening situations – including incidents of a sexual nature – at work, on the street, on public transport, in a shop, on the internet, or anywhere else.”
Alongside these European overviews we can also see the negative aspects at national/local levels. So for example a number of Polish cities have openly declared themselves to be "free from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex communities.”
But the backlash against LGBTI communities is not limited to Poland.:
Post-Brexit UK, for instance, registered a 147-percent spike in homophobic and transphobic hate crimes (ILGA 2020 report)
Several EU states also provide no legal recognition for same sex couples.
There is evidence of official hate speech from political and religious leaders in countries including Albania, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and Turkey.
Even at the EU institutional level , whilst Commissioner Dalli has positively stated that the Commission would make advancing LGBTI rights a priority for the next five years, it is salutatory to remember that discussion on the Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation has been blocked in Council since 2008.
Annual Review 2020 | ILGA-Europe