Today, 17 May, marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, calling attention to discrimination suffered by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in the EU and around the world.
” We all have the right to live free from dehumanization, ill-treatment or even persecution, regardless of how we identify and regardless whom we love, and this right must be resolutely defended if we are all to be equals in society.” , said first Vice-President Frans Timmermans. “We have set up a series of actions at EU-level, but Member States play a pivotal role in making these efforts effective. I therefore strongly encourage Member States to maintain and expand their own initiatives.”, added commissioner Věra Jourová.
In March this year, the Commission published its annual report on the implementation of the List of actions to advance LGBTI equality in 2018, which provides an overview of the ambitious set of measures the Commission is implementing to combat discrimination against LGBTI people. This evening, the European Commission headquarters will be lit up in the colors of the rainbow flag as a beacon of support for the LGBTI community and its allies.