February 3, 2014

Urgent Call For Action: Ask MEP's To Vote For The Lunacek Report


The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation is calling on our member organisations, LGBTQ youth, their allies, friends and families to urge their MEPs to vote for the Lunacek Report.

On Tuesday the 4th of February, members of the European Parliament will vote on a report written by Ulrike Lunacek MEP, which asks the European Commission to adopt a new strategy against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. The report builds on ten previous requests by MEPs in the last three years to introduce an EU roadmap on LGBTI equality. Equality strategies already exist for Roma integration, discrimination on the basis of disability and gender equality.

Over recent weeks those opposed to this report have mobilised, and a petition calling on MEP’s to reject the report has gathered more than 180,000 signatures. These conservatives believe LGBTI activists are asking for ‘special privileges for certain citizens on account of their sex life’. These organised groups have been successful in blocking the Estrela report which was promoting sexual and reproductive health rights in Europe, and a much weaker report was approved.

This report is incredibly important for LGBTQ youth. The Lunacek Report is calling on the European Commission to promote equality and non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity throughout its youth and education programmes. It is also calling on the Commission to facilitate the sharing of good practice in formal education, including teaching materials, anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies, and the sharing of good practice throughout Member States’ youth and education sectors, including youth welfare services and social work.

This report is much needed for trans young people as it calls on the European Commission to ensure gender identity is included among prohibited grounds of discrimination in any future equality legislation.

IGLYO’s Position Paper on Human Rights approved by General Assembly 2012 calls for the Commission to produce an EU roadmap.

Co-Chair of IGLYO, Patrick Dempsey commented: ”It is absolutely absurd that conservatives are deliberately misleading people by suggesting that LGBTQI people are looking for ‘special rights’. They are also suggesting that this report is somewhat ‘undemocratic’ because it represents a minority of the population; it is the European Union’s role to defend the fundamental rights of all, including LGBTQI people. The European Parliament needs to pass this report and ensure that there is a coherent approach to tackling discrimination of LGBTQI people and ensure that LGBTQI people can fully enjoy fundamental rights”.

You can contact your local MEP by visiting this page: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map.html and using this template:

‘Dear (MEP),

The European Parliament will debate and vote on the Lunacek Report and the EU LGBT Roadmap on 4 February 2014. Equality and dignity for all is a fundamental principle of the European Union and the EU must protect all citizens from discrimination, including LGBT people. The European Parliament must remain the guardian of fundamental rights in the EU, which is why I strongly urge you to vote in favour of the adoption of the Lunacek Report and the LGBT Roadmap.’

You can also join this social media thunderclap: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/8493-lunacekyes-stop-extremism

The full report is available here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A7-2014-0009&language=EN

For more information, you can contact IGLYO’s Communications Officer Orlaith Hendron. Orlaith@iglyo.com

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