Groundbreaking LGBTI Human Rights Guidelines Adopted By EU Today

The Council of the European Union, which previously adopted a non-binding toolkit to promote LGBT human rights, has upgraded their guidelines in order "to promote and protect the enjoyment of all human rights by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons." The new document is binding and represents a huge step forward in international human rights law.

The EU Intergroup on LGBT Rights reports:

Today the EU’s 27 foreign affairs ministers adopted a ground-breaking global policy. The LGBTI Guidelines instruct EU diplomats around the globe to defend the human rights of LGBTI people.

Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Co-President of the LGBT Intergroup, welcomed the new document: “It is absolutely ground-breaking that the 27 foreign affairs ministers agreed to this, and only three years after the LGBT Toolkit. And I’m very happy the document pays particular attention to trans and intersex people, as well as lesbian and bisexual women at risk of gender-based violence.”

Michael Cashman MEP, also Intergroup Co-President, added: “We’re extremely happy with the Guidelines, and I can hardly add anything to this excellent document. The Council did an outstanding job, about which I have no reservations.”

The guidelines encompass four priorities: the elimination of discriminatory laws and policies, the promotion of non-discrimination at work, in schools, and in healthcare, combatting state and individual violence against LGBTI persons, and the support and protection of human rights defenders. The entire document can be read here.


  1. Jerry says

    It remains to be seen just how “binding” the new document will actually be and whether or not members of the EU will fully enforce it. Greece, for example, has stalled Greek LGBTs for years out of deference to the Orthodox Church (which has special Constitutional protections), and the only political party that has supported Greek LGBTs -New Democracy- is no longer a part of the government. Enforcing the new policy in third world countries like Bulgaria and Serbia and other fringe EU members will prove difficult.

  2. Ken says

    The key words here are non binding which makes this almost meaningless. Too many Americans think Europe is so perfect and gay friendly, but Eastern Europe is very conservative and probably more anti gay than the American south. The EU needs real and binding laws to protect gay people that are enforced in countries like Bulgaria and Poland where being openly gay almost anywhere is unsafe.

  3. candide001 says

    @ken the new document is BINDING. that’s why it’s so important.

    american lgbts are soooooo in denial about how badly they’re oppressed compared to western european countries. in more than half the states you can be not hired, fired and denied housing just for being gay, let alone have access to vigorous civil unions or marriage. i guess you feel you’re doing great because they can’t kill you like they can in saudi arabia! otherwise the difference is small. talk about denial.

  4. Ken says

    Did reread and see that it is binding so it is a move in the right direction. Still, my point is that there is a HUGE difference between the rights gays have between nations in Europe. Compare being gay in Netherlands vs Bulgaria. Two different worlds.

  5. ratbastard says

    The EU is so phuking complicated. They act like they’re a single political social/cultural entity, i.e. a single nation/country, but they aren’t. They aren’t actually even a confederation. Yet they keep passing all these laws in Brussels. It’s confusing.

    I’m not deliberately knocking the EU, just being realistic.

  6. andrew says

    Jill is wrong about UFFDA and andrew being the same person. Pass it on. However Jill may be the same person as Cindy since they both post the same false accusation.

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