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August 8, 2012

Michael Cashman, Co-President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights, speaks to GSN about the next European country to legalize gay marriage, gay rights in the European Union versus the United States and the economic benefits of LGBT rights

In theory, all European citizens and residents should be able to safely travel and live throughout the EU.

Several economic and political policies of the European Union, such as the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, safeguard the free movement of people between the 27 member states.

In practice, however, regional laws and agreements sometimes fall short of ensuring for LGBT people the same rights enjoyed by all other European citizens and residents in the EU.

April 25, 2012

European Commission will determine if law is compatible with EU non-discrimination law 

Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights have called for an inquiry into a new Hungarian law on religion.

The new law says 'since church institutions are ideologically committed', they may determine their own conditions of employment or termination to maintain their specific identity.

Members of the Intergroup, including chairs Michael Cashman and Ulrike Lunacek, questioned the law's compatibility with the European Commission's non-discrimination standards.

April 14, 2012

Hungarian government called out over 'shameful' discrimination

Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights have expressed their concern over rising homophobic sentiments in Hungary. Their statement follows reports that police have banned the 2012 Pride march in Budapest and that the Hungarian far-right political party Jobbik has submitted anti-gay laws to the country’s parliament.

January 26, 2012

UKIP has defended Godfrey Bloom MEP's 'bullying' questions to the European Commission.

A right-wing politician accused of bullying an LGBT rights group is not homophobic, says the UK Independence Party.

Godfrey Bloom MEP was slammed by fellow politicians and gay activists for asking the European Commission to justify the grants given to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe), the main European organisation working in favour of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

January 25, 2012

Anger at UK Independence Party politician after 'harrassing' European gay rights group.

A right-wing politician accused of homophobia has been branded a 'bully' after challenging how a European gay rights group is funded.

Godfrey Bloom, UK Independence Party MEP, has asked the European Commission to justify the grants given to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe), the main European organisation working in favour of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.