The 2019 European Parliament elections come in an increasingly polarised social and political climate. Human rights, in particular, the human rights of LGBTI people, are facing a forceful challenge.

ILGA-Europe’s Rainbow Europe Map has shown much progress in the legal and policy situation for LGBTI people across Europe in recent decades. However, increasingly, progress in some places has been accompanied by regression in others, and the strongest trend has been that of stagnation, providing fertile ground for backlash and backsliding. The current context makes it ever more important to openly “Come Out” in support of the human rights of LGBTI people, and proactively seek opportunities to ensure their protection.


Come Out Pledge

Candidates for the European Parliament, pledge to stand up for the human rights and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people in the European Union and beyond, and will do so by working to:

  • Strengthen protection in EU law and policy
  • Ensure an enabling environment for LGBTI human rights defenders
  • Be an ally to under-represented voices
  • Ensure EU leadership on LGBTI rights
  • Harness the power of my position  

Come Out to Vote

Come out to vote on May 23-26! Find out whether you need to register, how to do so and how the elections work at www.european-elections.eu.

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