The European Parliament has formally called for the wellbeing of LGBTI people to be included in gender mainstreaming activities, stating that “the rights, perspectives and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people” should be included in EU-wide activities, focusing on the different implications of policy outcomes for men and women.
Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights said:
"This is another example in how the EU, acting together, can gently encourage progress in member states that left to their own devices would simply never prioritise LGBTI issues. It is telling that an attempt by the right wing to shoot this down had to be countered, we cannot take progress for granted and in many states still have a long way to go.
"I'm proud that Scotland has made so much progress, in such a comparatively short period of time, but we cannot be complacent. We also have a duty to our brothers and sisters across the continent and wider to share our experience, our commitment and our passion to achieve real equality. That will be achieved not through grand speeches in Parliaments but by solid nuts and bolts work like this report. I was glad to support it."
Gender mainstreaming refers to the cohesive integration of a gender perspective into policies with the intent to promote gender equality and combat discrimination.