Opinion Factsheet  

Union of equality: LGBTIQ Equality Strategy 2020-2025

Opinion Number: CDR 5861/2020
Rapporteur: FEENEY Kate
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Adopted
Date: 14/10/2021
the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, non-binary and queer (LGBTIQ) persons are human rights and as such inherent to all people, regardless of their legal status as non-citizens, refugees, migrants or foreign residents, regardless of whether they are women, men, children, elderly or have disabilities, regardless of their religion, ethnic background, political views or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and sex characteristics;
local and regional authorities (LRAs) key players in building a European society that is based on the inclusion of all citizens, rather than the exclusion of some;
ensure that the fundamental principles of the European Union are observed, and that no municipality, region or state introduces systemic discriminatory initiatives, such as the "LGBT-free zones", adopted as "Local Government Charter of The Rights of The Family" or "Resolution against LGBT ideology", or uses funds in ways that are non-compliant with the principle of non-discrimination;
fight inequality in the EU at all levels of governance because it is a shared responsibility;
explain people's rights, identify key challenges in local communities, ensure equal participation in community life and equal access to services, and introduce tailored services for marginalised members of society;
adopt measures to counter hate speech, especially online hate speech. Hate speech against LGBTIQ people is one of the most harmful sources of discrimination and often evolves into hate crime and leads to violence;
recognition of cross-border rights for LGBTIQ people and their families in the EU;
raise the visibility of youth LGBTIQ homelessness as the ultimate form of social exclusion;
adoption of informed and properly adapted policies which reflect diversity;
an intersectional approach and intersectional measures;
increased protection of trans people who continue to face some of the highest levels of discrimination, violence and persecution
need for education measures and information campaigns for people of all ages and backgrounds.