About: LGBT

Non-discrimination 28-04-2021

Anti-LGBT discrimination ‘damages Eastern Europe’s economic growth’

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people costs Eastern European countries almost 2% a year in economic growth, a coalition of dozens of global companies promoting LGBT+ inclusion said on Tuesday (27 April).
Politics 08-04-2021

Hungarian official denounces German ‘Nazi-style’ sacking of football coach

A top aide to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban called into question Germany's democratic standards on Thursday (8 April) after a German football club sacked a Hungarian coach for expressing anti-immigrant and anti-LGBT views.
Non-discrimination 10-03-2021

The freedom of LGBTIQ people in Europe will prevail

Two years ago, the county of Świdnik in Poland was declared an “LGBTI ideology-free zone”. Today, a group of lawmakers in the European Parliament have taken the initiative to declare the European Union an LGBTIQ freedom zone.

European Parliament wants EU funds to depend on rights such as equality

German Green MEP Terry Reintke, co-chair of the European Parliament's LGBTIQ intergroup, called for "strong limitations" so that EU funds can only be spent on projects respecting fundamental values such as equality.
Elections 05-03-2021

Hungary PM wants to create new European right-wing ‘force’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Friday (5 March) called for the creation of a new European right-wing force for "our type of people" who want to protect their families and homeland.
Non-discrimination 05-03-2021

Hungarian media watchdog targets LGBTQI TV campaign

Hungary's media authority has initiated proceedings against RTL Hungary media group for broadcasting an advert aimed at boosting acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer and intersexual (LGBTQI) families.
Non-discrimination 09-02-2021

Lesbian mother of stateless baby takes citizenship fight to top EU court

A baby left without a nationality after she was born in Spain to a same-sex couple from Bulgaria and Gibraltar is at the centre of a test case to be heard by the European Union's top court on Tuesday (9 February).
Global Europe 05-02-2021

Turkey makes fresh arrests after EU, US censure

Police detained dozens of protesters across several cities on Thursday (4 February) after Turkey brushed aside US and EU condemnation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's crackdown on a month of escalating student rallies.
Non-discrimination 09-12-2020

Gay French minister to visit ‘LGBT-free zone’ in Poland

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune told a magazine to be published Wednesday (9 December) that he is gay and plans to visit a so-called LGBT-free zone in Poland to support local activists.
Politics 03-12-2020

Viktor Orban condemns MEP over ‘gay orgy’, Donald Tusk hints at expelling Fidesz from EPP

Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orbán condemned an MEP from his Fidesz party on Wednesday who quit after attending an alleged "gay orgy", while EPP chief Donald Tusk hinted Fidesz doesn't belong the European central-right political family. 
Elections 03-11-2020

‘This is war’, say anti-abortion protesters in Poland

Poles staged further protests in cities across the country ahead of the expected entry into force of a ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal that bans most abortions and that has prompted nearly two weeks of demonstrations and rallies.
EU Council Presidency conclusions on Artificial Intelligence and human rights failed to secure unanimous backing from member states last week after Poland refused to support a text due to opposing inclusion of the term 'gender equality,' EURACTIV has learned.
Digital & Media 26-10-2020

Poland rejects Presidency conclusions on Artificial Intelligence, rights

EU Council presidency conclusions on Artificial Intelligence and human rights failed to secure unanimous backing from member states last week after Poland refused to support a text due to opposing inclusion of the term 'gender equality,' EURACTIV has learned.
Non-discrimination 21-10-2020

Irish town cuts ties with ‘LGBT-free’ Polish twin in growing culture war

The Irish town of Fermoy has cut ties with its Polish twin Nowa Deba over a motion opposing "LGBT ideology", in the latest European bid to counter Poland's increasing homophobic stance.
Elections 28-09-2020

Poland’s ruling nationalists cement new coalition deal

Poland's ruling nationalists signed a new coalition agreement on Saturday (26 September), ending weeks of in-fighting in the three-party alliance over how it will govern over the next three years.
Non-discrimination 21-08-2020

MEPs slam EU Commission over for its silence following LGBT arrests in Poland

A group of members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called on the European Commission to react to a mass arrest of LGBT activists in Poland.
EU Priorities 2020 16-04-2020

EU to delay human and minority rights initiatives due to COVID-19

Despite warnings that COVID-19 may particularly affect the rights of already at-risk populations, the European Commission is looking into the possibility of delaying a host of initiatives intended to improve gender equality and protect human, sexual and ethnic minority rights, according to a draft internal working document seen by EURACTIV.
Freedom of thought 28-11-2019

Hungarian media deny claims that Eurovision 2020 is ‘too gay’

Hungary will not take part in Eurovision 2020, the annual song contest that will take place in Rotterdam next year. Reports have emerged that the reason was the high number of LGBTQ+ participants, which goes going against the conservative views of Viktor Orbán's government.
Freedom of thought 19-08-2019

Catholic church continues battle against LGBT in Visegrád Four

The rhetoric of the Catholic Church members against the LGBT community is becoming increasingly aggressive in four eastern EU countries, with priests comparing the LGBT movement to the plague and calling it an “ideology” with totalitarian features.
Europe's East 24-06-2019

War veterans join biggest gay pride march in Ukraine

War veterans in fatigues joined more than 8,000 people marching in Kyiv's Gay Pride parade amid tight security on Sunday (23 June), the biggest ever annual celebration of diversity in ex-Soviet Ukraine.
EU Elections 2019 30-04-2019

Macron’s top EU candidate embroiled in new controversy

Following last week’s revelations of Nathalie Loiseau's connections to the far right, the French president’s top candidate for the European elections is now defending herself from accusations of trivialising homophobia in a comic cartoon on Europe she co-signed. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
EU-Africa 16-11-2018

EU to ‘review’ support to Tanzania over rights concerns

The European Union is reviewing its financial support to Tanzania in response to recent moves undermining "human rights and the rule of law".
Elections 14-09-2018

Amnesty calls upon Romania to stop the ‘traditional family’ referendum

Amnesty International said on Thursday (13 September) that it will try to prevent Romania's planned referendum aimed at changing the definition of "family" for this will "breach international human rights standards" and make it impossible to legalise same-sex unions.
Elections 05-09-2018

Openly gay Polish mayor launches Macron-inspired democracy movement

An openly gay Polish mayor launched what he termed a "pro-democratic" political movement on Tuesday (4 September) aimed at challenging the EU country's governing right-wing party accused by critics and the EU of passing reforms that threaten the rule of law.
Enlargement 18-09-2017

Serbia’s gay PM at Pride takes tolerance ‘one step at a time’

Serbia's lesbian prime minister said Sunday (17 September) that she was working "one step at a time" towards a more tolerant society, as she joined Belgrade's annual gay march held under heavy security.