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Europe : Six steps to improve the state of the Union – not just...

ILGA-Europe, together with 176 other civil society organisations, are asking European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to pause for a moment in advance of the 2016 State of the Union and start to refocus the EU agenda on what matters for people: that their fundamental rights are protected; that their children grow up in an open and tolerant society; that the most vulnerable are treated with dignity and respect. 
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Romanian court gives green light to constitutional referendum proposing discrimination against same-sex couples

The Romanian Constitutional Court has approved a citizen’s initiative that aims to amend the constitutional definition of family to essentially shut same-sex couples out of any future recognition of their relationships.
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Anti-discrimination law updated – great step forward in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In a very welcome update from Bosnia and Herzegovina, ILGA-Europe have learned that LGBTI people are to be better protected thanks to updates to anti-discrimination legislation.
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‘I’m gay in Ukraine & my country despises me’

Last October came my turning point. After years of reporting on Eastern European LGBTI issues, I felt I was fighting an uphill battle.
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European court strikes against Hungary’s arbitrary detention of LGBT asylum seekers

Today, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Hungary’s two-month-long detention of an Iranian gay man applying for asylum is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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Strasbourg court rules refusal to recognise residence rights same-sex partner discriminatory

Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in Taddeucci and McCall v Italy, that the refusal to grant one partner in a same-sex couple a residence permit violated their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, particularly Article 14, prohibition of discrimination, taken with Article 8, respect for family life.
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Refusal to grant a same-sex (non-EU) partner a residence permit was discrimination based on...

The European Court of Human Rights has stated that Italy’s refusal to grant one partner in a same-sex couple a residence permit violated their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. Today (30 June 2016) the Strasbourg court held that to deny same-sex couples residence permits on ‘family grounds’ was discrimination.
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Council LGBTI Conclusions are Trojan horse: legitimising homophobia

Last Thursday, the Council of the European Union adopted its conclusions on LGBTI equality. It is the first time ever that the Council adopts a document addressing LGBTI equality.
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No ifs or buts – time for the EU to show where it stands...

A set of conclusions on LGBTI equality adopted by European social affairs ministers yesterday (16 June 2016) have been received with very mixed emotions by ILGA-Europe.
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European Parliament votes for EU-wide acceptance public documents

Yesterday, the European Parliament approved a regulation on acceptance of public documents for EU citizens living in another EU country.
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Love triumphs in the Danish Supreme Court!

The Danish Supreme Court gave their judgement Thursday in the case with the State for the introduction of church weddings of same-sex couples.
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‘Free Speech Bus’ against transgender culture is vandalised … with ‘trans rights now’ graffiti

A “Free Speech Bus” — a bright orange vehicle promoting opposition to transgender culture as it travels the eastern U.S. — was vandalised while passengers were inside the United Nations in New York City for an event Thursday.
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IGLTA Welcomes Its First Ambassador for Central America

San Jose-based travel consultant Julio Calvo, CEO of Gaycostarica.com, recently became the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s first ambassador for Central America, a volunteer role that assists with membership support and development throughout the region. He is also the founder and president of the Costa Rica Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Camara De Comercio Diversa Costa Rica), an IGLTA organisational partner.
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