European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

April 2016

No. 248. April 2016. In this issue...

ILGA-Europe

Asylum

Bias motivated violence

Civil society space

EU enlargement

Family

Foreign policy

Freedom of assembly

Health

Legal gender recognition

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ILGA-Europe


 

Coming up! Rainbow Europe 2016 – more detail than ever before

On 10 May, ILGA-Europe is launching this year’s Rainbow Europe package at the opening of the IDAHO Forum in Copenhagen. This year we are rolling out a new layer of information in our Rainbow Europe Module. From 10 May, you will be able to go ‘behind’ the dots on our Index and see exactly what the national laws and policies say. Even more new criteria have been added to our Rainbow Europe Index, making 2016 the most in-depth version to date. Looking for more information on the major developments, trends and highlights from the past 12 months? The Annual Review covers all the main news headlines from Jan-Dec 2015. Our Rainbow Europe Map rankings have changed since May 2015. Find out who fills the top spot this year as we rate 49 European countries on their respective legal and policy practices for LGBTI people, from 0-100%.
Mark your calendar on 10 May, and go visit www.rainbow-europe.org to get all the information

Annual Conference 2016: Power to the People

The Annual Conference 2016 will kick off in Nicosia from Wednesday 19 October to Saturday 22 October. The theme of the conference has been decided to be Power to the People - Celebrating 20 years of the strength within.
Read more about the theme here
 

Campaign: Gay vs God?

“It’s a matter of Gay vs God.” How many times have you heard statements like this during discussions on religion and LGBTI issues? Or seen similar comments on your social media feed? From 4 – 8 April, ILGA-Europe took a look at why so many myths have been built up around this discussion. We wanted to break down the stereotypes around religion, belief, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Browse through the wealth of videos, visuals, statements and good tips to move together forward on the campaign section of our website
 

Study session on LGBTI community organising

ILGA-Europe is inviting you to apply for the Study Session on LGBTI Community Organising taking place on 15-17 July in Budapest. It is not going to be a training, even though a lot of learning will happen. We expect participants to bring their knowledge on LGBTI community organising and to collectively reflect on key aspects of such work. We will also develop a material out of these conversations to share within the movement.  Deadline for applications: 9 May 2016, 18:00 CET.
Read more about the study session here
 

Study visit to Ireland for trans activists

The Comhar study visit on building stronger trans activism took place on 9-10 April in Dublin. Funded by the ILGA-Europe programme, Creating Opportunities, and organised together with TGEU and TENI, it offered an opportunity for young trans activists from Estonia and Lithuania to learn from the experience of TENI in successfully advocating and lobbying for a progressive LGR legislation. Young trans activists from Ireland also took part in the workshops, which covered topics such as community building, advocacy for trans rights, or activist self-care.
Read more about Creating Opportunities here

Call for relevant literature: Attitudes, opinions, beliefs about LGBTI equality in Europe

ILGA-Europe and PIRC (Public Interest Research Centre) are developing a project on Reframing LGBTI Equality in Europe. We want to understand how people in Europe think about LGBTI equality and to adjust our communication accordingly to increase support and mobilisation. A lot of literature has already been collected, but some areas are missing. We are now looking for filling the gaps on the literature collected by calling for research and data on attitudes towards and beliefs about LGBTI equality in the following countries: Belarus, Turkey, Moldova, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Hungary and Montenegro. Research on attitudes specifically towards bisexual and intersex people is also lacking at the moment.
Read more about the project and how you can help here

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Asylum

Capacity building seminar on asylum

ILGA-Europe and TGEU would like to invite you to apply to participate in a capacity building seminar on LGBTI asylum taking place on 8-9 July in Berlin. At the seminar we will start learning how to be strong advocates for LGBTI asylum seekers, how to provide the specific support that LGBTI asylum seekers need and how we can strengthen the capacity of public authorities and practitioners to address asylum claims. Deadline for applications: 9 May 2016.
Read more about the seminar here

Members of the European Parliament focus on LGBTI asylum seekers

On 12 April, ILGA-Europe co-organised an event with the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights and the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup of the European Parliament. The event focused on LGBTI asylum seekers in the current refugee management crisis in Europe.
Read more about the event here
 

New resource: “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression: Essential Terminology for the Humanitarian Sector”

Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) has released a first-of-its-kind glossary of terminology to assist humanitarian professionals to communicate with people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.  The comprehensive, 124-page glossary titled, “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression: Essential Terminology for the Humanitarian Sector” contains the most appropriate and culturally sensitive terms for communicating with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The glossary is written in five languages, including English, French, Turkish, Farsi and Arabic to ensure its availability in key cultures and locations.
Download the glossary here

Bias motivated violence

Latest FRA report examines hate crime from different perspective

In 2013, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) study revealed that an average of 59% of the LGBT people surveyed in the EU who had been attacked in the previous 12 months felt they had been attacked because they were perceived to be LGBT. Given this worrying context, the latest FRA report is important. Ensuring justice for hate crime victims: professional perspectives examines the fight against hate crime from the viewpoint of the authorities.
Read more about the report here
 

LGBTI hate crime victims failed by Romanian authorities

An investigation by Romanian police into an attack on two Bucharest Pride participants in the aftermath of the 2006 march was ineffective, marred by shortcomings and failed to take an-LGBTI bias into account, according to the European Court of Human Rights.
Read more about the judgment here
More about Romania on www.rainbow-europe.org
 

Civil society space

New report on shrinking space for civil society launched Civicus International Civil Society Week 2016

In the end of April, ILGA-Europe was present at the Civicus International Civil Society Week in Bogota, Colombia. At the event, ILGA-Europe spoke at panel about the increasing need to work on enabling environment for civil society organisations in European countries. It was an opportunity to strengthen links with other civil rights groups from across the world with the view of addressing the growing common concerns of shrinking space together. At the event, Global Philantrophy Project launched the report "The Perfect Storm”. The report looks into how organisations are challenged by new restrictions and threats in their environments.
Read more about how ILGA-Europe is working on enabling environment for civil society organisations
 

EU enlargement

European Parliament evaluation of the 2015 accession reports for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey

On 14 April, the European Parliament published its resolutions on the 2015 Progress Report on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey. The resolutions focused on various action points for the three governments to work on and further improve.
Read more about the resolutions on the website of ERA, LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey

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Family

Celebrating family diversity

Victory for rainbow families: The Court of Appeal of Naples orders full recognition of two second-parent adoptions

On 5 April, the Court of Appeal of Naples ordered full recognition of two second-parent adoption orders by the Court of Lille in favour of a French-Italian family residing in the Province of Avellino.
Read more in the media release from NELFA
More about Italy on www.rainbow-europe.org

Marriage equality in Isle of Man

In April, marriage equality was introduced in two more places in Europe: Isle of Man and the Faroe Islands.
Read more about marriage equality in Isle of Man

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Foreign policy

Human rights should underpin the new EU Global Strategy


Freedom of assembly

ILGA-Europe support letter to Kyiv Pride 2016


Health

New pilot project to examine health inequalities

LGBTIreland report – Ireland’s largest study of LGBTI mental health

On 22 March, the Gay + Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) published the results of a study on the mental health and well being of LGBTI people in Ireland, carried out by Trinity College Dublin. It revealed that some LGBTI people still face barriers to good mental health including bullying, fear of rejection and harassment.
Learn more about the report’s findings here​

Shatter the stigma on World Health Day

Mental health problems are not a minority issue. They are more common than you think. Anyone reading this statement might experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives. While organisations like Mental Health Europe are working hard to combat negative attitudes, there is still a lingering social stigma around mental health problems. This fear of judgment, discrimination or isolation is a sentiment that ILGA-Europe also understand very well. On World Health Day 2016, our organisations are joining together to call for greater support for the well-being and mental health of LGBTI people.
Read the joint statement here

Legal gender recognition

Swedish Government to pay out financial compensation to forcibly sterilised trans people

On 27 April, the Swedish Government announced the decision to enact a law that will make it possible to compensate people who were forcibly sterilised resulting from the previous Gender Recognition Act.
Read more in the media release from our Swedish member organisation, RFSL
 

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Job opportunity as Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University

Workplace Pride and Leiden University, and with the generous support of KPN, have created the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University.  This will be the first academic chair in the world dealing exclusively with LGBT workplace inclusion. Closing date for applications is 12 May.
Read more about the job opportunity here