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European Parliament starts work on EU-wide action plan for LGBT rights

October 30th 2012
The EU Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights launches a study entitled "Towards an EU roadmap for equality on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity".
The European Parliament has recently released a study on a potential EU roadmap for LGBT equality. Such an EU action plan would draw together new laws and policies to strengthen equality and non-discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the EU.

The research was requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Towards an EU Roadmap on LGBT cover (Click to enlarge picture) It comes after the European Parliament’s calls for the European Commission to produce a roadmap. [1]

Michael Cashman MEP, Co-President of the LGBT Intergroup, commented on the development: "An LGBT Roadmap would ensure the Commission, the Council and the Parliament are effectively committed to equality across all EU activities."

The European Parliament is now awaiting the results of a survey by the Fundamental Rights Agency on the situation of LGBT people in the EU and Croatia, due in the first half of 2013.

The study can be accessed here

[1Roadmaps are policy documents that summarise and plan EU action on a given topic over several years. Similar documents include an EU Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015 the European Disability Strategy; or the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies.