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Gay activists march in Romania despite opposition

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Around 200 gay activists marched through Bucharest on Saturday in a heavily policed pride parade that defied efforts by religious and far-right groups to have the annual event banned.


MEPs call for comprehensive legislation to combat discrimination

The European Parliament adopted a report calling on the Commission to adhere to its commitment to propose a "comprehensive directive" to combat any discrimination in access to goods and services on grounds of sex, race, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. The own-initiative report adopted with 362 votes in favour, 262 against and 56 abstentions, also demands effective sanctions and support for victims.


Today the European Parliament discusses the future of a new EU anti-discrimination directive

Today the members of the European Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution “Progress made in equal opportunities and non-discrimination in the EU”. The resolution is based on a report produced by Elisabeth Lynne, MEP, and adopted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs on 17 April 2008. The draft resolution clearly urges the European Commission to stay committed to the Commission’s work plan for 2008 and to come out with a proposal for one ‘horizontal’ anti-discrimination directive covering all grounds of discrimination, including sexual orientation.


Promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

Statement of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Vienna, 16 May 2008


ILGA-Europe organises its first International Day against Homophobia lecture in Brussels

ILGA-Europe is marking the International Day against Homophobia (17 May) by introducing its first annual lecture. The lecture is organised jointly with the International Law Association (Belgian Branch). Each year the lecture will cover different subjects and the first lecture will address the issues of legal recognition of LGBT families in Europe.

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