The EC recently unveiled the EU’s first strategy for equality between lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, non-binary, intersex and queer people (LGBTQI).
According to MEP Lucy Djuric Nicholson (SAS), the European Commission (EC) has taken an important step in the fight against discrimination against LGBTQI people by preparing a strategy to reduce discrimination against people from this community. This was also appreciated by the non-parliamentary party Progressive Slovakia (PS). However, the majority of the opposition, both parliamentary and non-parliamentary, agree that it is now more important to deal with the new coronavirus pandemic.
Nicholson called the strategy a signal that the EU stands by its values and that its priority is the protection of human rights. According to her, the key will be the extent to which the strategy can be transformed into individual member states. She added that some confuse the identity and rights of LGBTQI people with ideology and try to fight it. According to her, the topic should not be neglected in Slovakia either. He also talks about supporting a social debate with backed-up data.
The extra-parliamentary Glas-SD stressed that the EU and its member states face a major challenge in coping with the economic downturn, lower social standards and health care. “Meeting these challenges will also determine the future of the European Community. “Human rights issues are part of the EU value system, but the current crisis situation primarily requires solutions in these areas,” the party said.
The LNS sees strategy as an unnecessary activity that focuses on non-priority matters in times of crisis. Disagrees with the proposed improvement in transgender and non-transgender recognition. “The LGBT group is not objectively denied any rights. “LGBT people participate in social life just like heterosexuals, except for the limitations of a biological nature.”
The chairman of the non-parliamentary SNS, Andrej Danko, stressed that the party will always be against the adoption of children by homosexuals. According to him, the EC should especially deal with the situation with the new coronavirus in some countries. “If the EU solves secondary problems, we risk disintegration,” he said, adding that the Union should rather tell individual prime ministers not to experiment with citizens and take them for testing.
The HRC responded by making the Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly protect the equality of all. Miriam Lexman, MEP for KDH, added that EU treaties clearly define which policies remain entirely within the competence of member states, including cultural and ethical issues and the legal concept of the family. “Creating a strategy is beyond the competence of the EU,” she said.
According to the PA, the strategy could help EU countries that fail to protect LGBTQI rights. For example, the party described the importance of “ending harmful practices, such as unwanted medical interventions against transgender people”, as well as strengthening measures against hate speech and discrimination.
The EC recently unveiled the EU’s first strategy for equality between lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, non-binary, intersex and queer people (LGBTQI). He claims that discrimination against LGBTQI people persists, 43 percent of the community feels discriminated against and that the situation has worsened as a result of the coronary crisis. The strategy sets out a series of measures, legal and financial, to be implemented over the next five years. Among other things, he proposes expanding the EU-wide list of crimes to include hate crimes, including homophobic hate speech and the like. He believes that issues related to the equality of the LGBTQI community should be properly taken into account when creating EU policies.