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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Public discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people, including LGBTI free zones (debate)

  Sheila Ritchie (Renew). – Madam President, I would like to thank the Commissioner for her opening statement, with which I pretty much completely agreed. We were in danger of having a fairly benign to debate with pretty much everybody in the room taking pretty much the same line until Mr Jaki spoke.

I’m actually appalled by what he said. You don’t tolerate people who are different to you. Not in 2019! You love them. You include them. You do not put up with them. We all know that inclusion is as much about culture as it is about legislation. How on earth can you create an inclusive culture if we accept that there are places that may not speak about the lives of 10%-plus of their populations?

I’d like to tell you about what the creation of these zones has done to homophobic crimes in Poland, but I can’t because Poland doesn’t recognise homophobia as a motive. That, frankly, tells it at all. Commissioner, please, some action?

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