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Not bothered about Europe? Think again. It’s time to come out and vote!

Not bothered about Europe? Think again. It’s time to come out and vote!

Evelyne Paradis, Executive Director of ILGA-Europe

In two weeks’ time, on 22-25 May 2014, the European elections are taking place. I have probably killed your enthusiasm and will to read further just by mentioning Europe. You probably think – “I am not bothered by the European elections”, “There is no point in voting”, “Europe is far away and does not affect my life”, “Europe is just a bunch of boring grey bureaucrats somewhere in Brussels”, “What Europe has to do with the human rights and LGBTI situation in my country?

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Joint letter addressed to EU High Commissioner Baroness Catherine Ashton, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Joint letter addressed to EU High Commissioner Baroness Catherine Ashton, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

To: Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Union

Cc: The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, United States of America
Cc: The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

Baroness Ashton

We are writing to you in coordination with other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) staff associations (EGALITE, GLIFAA, and UN-GLOBE). We are proud to have been able to work alongside your management teams to advance equality and non-discrimination across our workforces. We appreciate the progress that has been made, especially in recent years.

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Commission was right to host an exhibition on LGBT rights

Commission was right to host an exhibition on LGBT rights

Different Families, Same Love – poster (ILGA EUROPE CC BY NC ND)
Different Families, Same Love – poster (ILGA EUROPE CC BY NC ND)

July 15th, 2013 the European Ombudsman ruled in favour of the European Commission, which had been criticised for hosting an exhibition portraying same-sex couples. The Ombudsman said this was fully within the Commission’s powers. In 2011, the European Commission hosted an exhibition by ILGA-Europe calling for equal rights for LGBT people and their families.

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