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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

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

  Luisa Porritt (Renew). – Madam President, across the world, the LGBTI community continues to face discrimination. The EU must lead the way in defending their rights and freedoms. The Commission should be prepared to open infringement procedures against Member States that violate or fail to protect fundamental rights. And – yes – that includes Poland.

The ripple effects of homophobic attitudes are felt across the EU, where more than one in four LGBTI people have been attacked or threatened with violence in the last five years. Populist parties create an enabling environment for this kind of hatred. In the UK, we had incredible pride parades all over the country in June, but even in Camden, a liberal, diverse part of London two young women were subjected to a horrific homophobic attack on a bus, just days earlier.

Hate crimes have risen since the UK’s 2016 EU referendum, fostered by an intolerant political climate. We can and must do better, and it is incumbent on all of us to lead by example.

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