LGBTIQ* Action Plans: Checklist for a gender equal societyNational Action Plans have been established as a central and effective tool for the implementation of values codified in international law at national levels, such as the protection of human rights. In the area of human rights of LGBTIQ* persons, it can be observed throughout Europe that the implementation of National Action Plans systematically advances the equality of LGBTIQ* persons.
The Expertise introduces the tool National Action Plan and summarises demands at the European and German levels for a National LGBTIQ* Equality Action Plan in Germany. The emphasis lies on a process analysis of drafting, implementation and evaluation as well as on success factors regarding these steps.
Equalize rainbow familiesIn recent years, rainbow families have become more prevalent as diverse family forms in Germany as well as in Europe. Nevertheless, there is still a need for political and legal action to advance equality. The Working Paper highlights the need for change and solution approaches and provides insights into the regulations of European countries.
This Working Paper deals, among other things, with legal and social parenthood, also, for example, multiple parents, the use of assisted reproduction and its legal consequences for parenthood, and the need to address, redress and compensate for past injustices that made parenthood difficult, if not impossible.
Protecting LGBTIQ* people from violence and hate speech
Hate crime against LGBTIQ* persons is the most severe form of expression of homophobia and transphobia and not uncommon in Germany and in other European states, be it in the public or private sphere. For those affected, this represents a considerable burden and stress as well as a restriction of freedom and participation in social life.
The Working Paper shows that on the one hand, changes in criminal law are needed to fight hate crime against LGBTIQ* persons more effectively. On the other hand, non-legal measures – for instance in the work and training of the police, the judiciary and within victim support – need to be developed and implemented.
Equal opportunities and rights for LGBTIQ* people in EuropeBoth the social situation and the legal policy framework for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people (LGBTIQ*) vary considerably across EU member states. The Observatory contributes to exploring and examining key challenges and developments of LGBTIQ* policies in Europe from a European comparative perspective.
Newsletter 1/2020: Perspectives on the new LGBTI strategy announced by the European Commission2020PDF-Dokument (accessible)This Newsletter provides an overview of the existing legal framework and current LGBTI policies at the EU level and outlines requirements for the EU Commission’s LGBTIQ Equality Strategy.