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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

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

  Kim Van Sparrentak (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, this week we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Right of the Child, which ensures the right for everyone under the age of 18 to not be discriminated against for one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

However, within the EU, we see an increase in organised attempts to create an atmosphere of shame, disapproval and hate against everyone who is LGBTI including, and specifically targeting, kids and youngsters.

If we here in the EU state so proudly that we are united in diversity, but at the same time allow elected officials in Poland to create LGBTI ideology free zones and make feel kids feel unwelcome in their own community, we can’t say we are doing enough to protect our young people.

Being LGBT is not an ideology. Being LGBTI is first and foremost about love, about loving someone else of whatever gender, or being able to love the person that you truly are. But perhaps the most important thing for every LGBTI person, is experiencing love and respect from your immediate surroundings. Every child has tthe right to grow up in a safe space, where you can be able to love yourself and to grow up to be the beautiful and unique person that you are.

We need to work harder to make the European Union an LGBTI friendly zone. We need to let every kid struggling with who they are know that they are loved and welcome to be who they are.

Today we stand together with the LGBTI community in Poland and in every country where LGBT people are not fully free and we won’t stop until everyone is.

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