BRUSSELS — (11-13-20) — As part of Brussels’ strategy to achieve LGBTIQ equality, the Commission plans to extend the list of “EU crimes” to now include hate crime and hate speech, acts targeting LGBTIQ people.

The commission announced on Thursday that they plan to bring forward legislative initiatives to protect the rights of LGBTIQ families so that their parenthood and same-sex partnerships are recognised throughout the Euorpean Union.

The bloc’s executive body also says they plan to strengthen the European Union’s engagement on LGBTIQ issues and to uphold the rights of LGBTIQ applicants for international protection.

Watch Helena Dalli Press Conference – LGBTIQ rights

“Everyone should feel free to be who they are – without fear or persecution. This is what Europe is about and this is what we stand for,” said the EU Commission’s Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Vera Jourová, in its official statement.

Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, added: “Today, the EU asserts itself, as the example to follow, in the fight for diversity and inclusion. Equality and non-discrimination are core values and fundamental rights in the European Union.”

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Dalli said…”The way we are born is not ideology, it’s nature, it’s biology, it’s science. And despite this, the experience of discrimination against LGBTIQ people in the EU increased in recent years.” said Dalli

Watch Brussels on course for struggle with Hungary, Poland as first-ever LGBTIQ strategy is unveiled

Needless to say the conservative opposition was swift and heated!

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s conservative prime minister proposes sweeping changes under the COVID-19 pandemic to exclude minority group voices including LGBTIQ oppression.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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