This Press Release via the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights:
Today [17 June 2010] the European Parliament adopted a strong position in favour of safeguarding transgender people’s fundamental rights. The Parliament officially acknowledged discrimination on grounds of gender identity, calls for accessible gender reassignment procedures, and insists future EU gender equality initiatives should address issues linked to gender identity and gender reassignment.
The Figueiredo report (final version in preparation at the time of writing) evaluating the European Union’s 2006-2010 Roadmap for equality between women and men was adopted today, and calls for more explicit measures to combat discrimination based on gender identity. In particular, the report:
- acknowledges discrimination and multiple discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and/or gender identity;
- calls on EU authorities to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations in future work on gender equality;
- stresses that gender reassignment procedures should be made accessible, including through public health insurance schemes; and
- requires that future EU actions in the field of gender equality explicitly cover issues linked to gender identity and gender reassignment.
The report has been welcomed by Ulrike Lunacek and Michael Cashman MEPs (Co-presidents of the Intergroup on LGBT Rights), and by Raül Romeva i Rueda MEP, Vice-president of the LGBT Intergroup and Member of the Greens/European Free Alliance.
Apparently, the European Commission will need to take this report into account when planning future actions in the field of gender equality.
Curtsey to Justus Eisfeld for the heads-up