My Plenary speech on the implementation report on the EU LGBTIQ Equality Strategy 2020-2025

The LGBTIQ Strategy is already a success as such. For the first time in European history, our Union is committed to tackle discrimination not only on the grounds of sex and sexual orientation, but also on gender, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics not forgetting intersectionality.

However, a lot still needs to be done to achieve a Union of equality.

We should not forget that still today, part of our society is victim of discrimination, harassment and violence, merely as result of the persons they are, be they gay, lesbian, bi, trans, non-binary or intersex persons.

The Union of equality is above all a Union that puts human dignity at the core of society. In this context, the renewal of the LGBTIQ Strategy after 2025 is a priority.

Dear Commissioner,

this house with large majorities has issued clear calls for

a Union that ensures safe and inclusive education from early childhood;

a Union that protect minorities from hate speech and hate crime;

a Union that bans conversion practices;

a Union that recognises marriage and parenthood of rainbow families;

Our fight for Equality, is far more than a political debate in the this house, it is a societal subject and it so good to see in the last Eurobarometer the growing majority of our citizens supporting LGBTIQ+ rights.

This is a reality despite the loud voices of haters!