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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

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

  Petra De Sutter (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, this debate – and I have followed it from the beginning – has saddened me because I heard what some colleagues in this Chamber have been telling us this evening.

I was catapulted back to my childhood and adolescence, where I was told that you could not be different, that girls should be girls and boys should be boys, and girls should love boys and vice-versa. This was dictated by religious beliefs that, 40 years ago, in my country were dominant. I didn’t believe that one day I would be confronted with that again. It took me almost half a lifetime to liberate myself from that.

And yes, it goes on. It is an ideology – of course it is – on the concepts of gender and family. This is what it is all about and the agenda has been hijacked by politicians, by nationalists and populists that want to use it in autocratic regimes, not only in Poland. We see the same narrative in Russia, in Turkey and in other countries around the world.

It has not only to do with LGBT persecution, it also has to do with the fight against gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights. it is all connected. We have to see that and, from our belief in our true values in this Union, based on universal human rights, we have to fight this again every day.


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