The CJEU held that statements made by a lawyer during a radio programme, saying he would never recruit a “homosexual” or wish to use the services of such persons, fall within the material scope of EU Directive 2000/78 (‘the anti-discrimination directive’).
Mazen Masoud is a human rights activist from Libya who now lives in Bologna, Italy as a refugee. He is an intersex, trans and black person fighting racism.
I am Mazen, a Libyan refugee living in Italy since three years. I was born intersex, my family has chosen a female name for me. So this was the first episode of discrimination against me.
I have tried so much with other activists to change our culture in Libya, so all LGBTI people could live safely without discrimination or the risk of losing their lives.
This judgment reaffirmed that Council of Europe member states have an obligation to safeguard the family life of same-sex couples.
Taddeucci and McCall v Italy
The Italian Chamber of Deputies has voted in favour of a civil union bill in a final vote.
This is the first time that Italian parliamentarians have supported the legal recognition of same-sex couples.
In 2015, ILGA-Europe started its new programme Creating Opportunities, designed to support organisations that face threats to LGBTI rights in their countries, or significant opportunities to affirm or strengthen them.
On Thursday 28 January, the Italian Senate will discuss a bill on civil unions for same-sex and different-sex couples and second parent adoption for same-sex couples.
This is a ground-breaking judgment not just for Italy, but for all of Europe.
On 30 October, the 15th ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference concluded in Turin.