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ADDED ON: 03/12/2021

EU lawmakers declare bloc LGBT+ ‘freedom zone’

03/11/2021 | Deutsche Welle

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday declaring the European Union a “LGBTIQ freedom zone.” The measure seeks to ensure protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities across the bloc, while also pushing back against member states with anti-LGBT+ policies.” LGBTIQ rights are human rights,” the resolution reads. The measure passed with the support of 492 lawmakers, while 141 voted against and another 46 abstained. The cross-party measure targets “growing hate speech by public authorities and elected officials,” according to the text. The resolution specifically called out Polish President Andrzej Duda, who won re-election last summer after often speaking out against LGBT+ rights, and depicting members of the community as a threat to families. Hungary was also highlighted in the resolution for having “severely hindered” fundamental rights due to a de facto ban on legal gender recognition for transgender and intersex people.

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