Sports: Football for everyone: Apply for grants
Fare and Football v Homophobia are joining forces to offer small grants to organisations around Europe hosting initiatives challenging prejudice and exclusion of LGBT+) people during the Football v Homophobia month of action in February. Up to €500 in grants are available to support activities that make football more inclusive and welcoming for all, and to increase the participation and representation of LGBT+ people in football.
Supreme Court in Spain in favour of a minor to change legal gender
The Supreme Court in Spain ruled on 18 December in favour of a trans minor to change his gender marker in his ID, and endorsed for the first time this year’s Constitutional Court decision lifting the age limitation for legal gender recognition. Questions remain about the need for an assessment of “sufficient maturity and stable situation of transsexuality,” a condition set in the Constitutional Court sentence.
Read more about the ruling of the Supreme Court (in Spanish).
Read more about the Constitutional Court decision from 18 July.
New report: Sexual and reproductive rights of LGBTQ people in Europe
Inspire, the European Partnership for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights launched their new report entitled “Queering SRHR: Report on the state of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of LGBTIQ people in Europe”. The report starts by examining the rights of LGBTIQ families within Europe and by mapping the current state of LGBTIQ-centred discrimination across the world. It then proceeds to analyse in depth the sexual and reproductive healthcare barriers and inequalities that affect the daily lives of LGBTIQ individuals. Read here the report in full.
Guidelines to human rights-based trans-specific healthcare
Transgender Europe (TGEU) shared in December 2019 a brand-new guideline for the creation of healthcare legislation and protocols that are compliant with human rights. The guidelines depict what trans-specific healthcare should look like. It provides concrete examples of what trans people’s rights look like and what should or shouldn’t happen in trans-specific healthcare. It provides a set of recommendations for the creation of legislation and protocols. Read here the report in English.
Georgia’s Constitutional Court lifts ban on blood donation
LGBTI activists in Georgia legally challenged the 10-year ban for men who have sex with men and gay men from giving blood donations. The Constitutional Court declared on 17 December that the ban is discriminatory and unconstitutional. The Court postponed abolishment of the disputed provision until 31 March 2020. Read more from Tbilisi Pride’s news article.
Welcoming European Parliament resolution tackling the rise in hate against the LGBTI community
A resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 18 December made a strong call for an EU LGBTI strategy to counter the rise of official hate-speech and its consequences across the European Union. The resolution wraps up the debate on public discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people that was held in plenary in Strasbourg on 26 November. The resolution calls on Poland to firmly condemn discrimination against LGBTI people and to revoke resolutions attacking LGBTI rights. The resolution also reiterates a call on the Commission to adopt an EU LGBTI strategy and a comprehensive, permanent and objective EU mechanism on democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights that includes the protection of LGBTI rights.
Read more on our press release.