10 ways to improve LGBT rights in Europe
Maybe we can consider Europe the best place for LGBT rights nowadays. The most peaceful countries toward gays according to recent research show that 8 of them are countries in Europe.
This map shows the LGBT equality rating in Europe. Britain and Belgium achieved more than 80% of equality.
European Commission took a new step for fighting against LGBT Equality. These are list of reference from that report:
Closing the EU-level gap in protection against discrimination:
In order to make the life of LGBT people better we need to eliminate discrimination in education, social protection and access to goods and services. According to European Union they want to get an Equal Treatment Directive. Although many European countries have laws against discrimination, and there is some legislation in the EU, this directive will “significantly expand the areas of anti-discrimination covered by EU legislation”.
Simplifying bureaucracy for LGBT families moving in Europe:
Transition from one EU member state to another can be difficult for the LGBT family, especially taking into account official documents. The commission proposes legislation that would allow removing a lot of red tape and simplifying the distribution of important documents and other information. The broader goal of this inventiveness is to “avoid the need for ratification or other formalities and thereby make a direct contribution to the creation of “European” citizens. In practice it can simplify the processes of marriages, adoptions and other issues of civil documentation.
Properly enforcing EU laws:
Laws are just as strong as their application. The goal is to confirm that countries within the EU fulfill with these laws correctly and completely. This will include gender legislation, the protecting victims of crime like: homophobia and transphobia, as well as laws on shelter and freedom of movement.
Campaign to improve social attitudes:
There are still a lot of negative stereotypes about LGBT people. These stereotypes bring to discrimination and intimidation. The European Union wants to make less negative stereotypes toward LGBT people by raising consciousness about the rights and social recognition of LGBT people mostly focusing on athletic, adolescence, schools and also extended training about transsexuals and intersexuals.
Supporting member states in key policy areas:
In Europe each of the state is responsible for promoting the rights of LGBT people. The changes must be within the states, and the EU wants to reinforce its support by helping to improve education, health, non-discrimination and combating hate crimes and hate speech.
Financial support for projects on LGBT:
Most of the work to improve education and provide better services to LGBT people will require additional resources. In 2016, new funding will be provided to EU countries to fight against hate crimes and hate speech. Supporting both private and public projects for promoting equality, diversity and anti-discrimination.
Supporting businesses and inclusive workplaces:
According to European Union the LGBT rights are good for business. They want to create a list of best practices and compelling examples for working in the workplace.
Improving available data on the situation of LGBT people:
Data on the current situation for people in the LGBT community can be mottled and untrustworthy. For improving it European Union wants to create a number of new reports including:
- Non-Discrimination and Fundamental Rights
- Hate crime / hate speech
- Free movement of LGBT families
- Transgender/gender legal recognition
Looking beyond the EU’s borders:
Fighting for Equality for LGBT community takes place in a global level and European is not exception. In order to achieve their main purpose they are actively involved in the creation of the ERA-LGBT Equal Rights Association of Western Balkans and Turkey.
Working with the rest of the world:
Besides neighboring European Union countries, it is continuing to develop its policies and strategies in the developing world to achieve their mission to promote equal rights for LGBT community.