This Tuesday 17 May is the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) 2022, under the slogan "Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights".
Celebrated since 2005, this day aims at promoting awareness and prevention actions to fight against violence and discrimination targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
In this context, Luxembourg, represented by the ministry for Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region, virtually participated in the IDAHOT+ Forum 2022 which took place on 12 May in Limassol, Cyprus. During the forum, several European and international reports were presented:
- IGLYO − the largest network of LGBTIQ youth and students in the world − published the second edition of the "LGBTIQ Inclusive Education Report and Index". This is the most comprehensive research to date on the inclusion of LGBTIQ young people in school education. Luxembourg scores 75% and is among the 6 countries in Europe that implement most of the measures recommended by IGLYO (alongside Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden).
- LGBTQI Inclusive Education Report and Index 2022 − IGLYO
- TGEU − an umbrella organisation of 183 member organisations promoting the rights of trans people − has launched the latest version of the "Trans Rights Map" which illustrates the legal situation in 49 European countries and 5 Central Asian countries with regard to trans-specific legislation. It analyses the situation regarding legal recognition of gender as well as the existing protections for trans people in the areas of asylum, hate crime and hate speech, non-discrimination, health and family. Luxembourg meets 24 of the 30 criteria.
- Trans Rights Map 2022 reveals slow comeback of progress on trans rights − TGEU
- ILGA Europe − an umbrella organisation of more than 600 associations defending the rights of LGBTI people in Europe and Central Asia − has unveiled the thirteenth edition of the "Rainbow Map". This tool assesses the laws and policies on LGBTI equality of 49 European countries. Countries are ranked on a scale from 0% (gross human rights violations, discrimination) to 100% (respect for human rights, full equality). The ranking is based on laws and policies that have a direct impact on the human rights of LGBTI people in seven categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crimes and hate speech; legal recognition of gender; physical integrity of intersex people; civil society space; and asylum. Luxembourg received a score of 68.30% this year and is ranked fifth.
- Rainbow Europe (rainbow-europe.org)
In 2018, Luxembourg adopted its first national action plan for the promotion of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, which is in line with the tradition of Luxembourg's longstanding non-discrimination and diversity policies. This year, an interim review will be carried out by the University of Luxembourg in order to measure the implementation of the actions foreseen in the national action plan, as well as the need to adapt the objectives and priorities in view of the societal evolution and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
As coordinator of policies promoting the rights of LGBTI persons, the minister for Family Affairs and Integration, Corinne Cahen, underlined that continuous efforts are needed at all levels to further advance the rights of LGBTI persons. Referring to the theme "Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights", the minister pointed out that the rights of LGBTI persons are universal rights, such as the right to life, physical integrity, health and self-determination.
Press release by the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region