Alyn Smith MEP has called for cross-community solidarity to guard Equalities and maintain Rights against “populists and hatemongers mobilising against us” during the Interparliamentary Plenary Session at World Pride in Madrid.
Commenting on today’s vote by German MPs to legalise same-sex marriage, Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup said:Read more
The Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith MEP has delivered a speech yesterday evening in the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France, over the alarming situation of LGBTi rights and the EU guidelines to protect and uphold them, particularly in the aftermath of the revelations of LGBTi “purges” in Chechnya, Russia. The debate took place on the occasion of the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP has welcomed Malta’s decision to ban conversion therapy, the controversial treatment used to change a patient’s sexual orientation from homosexual/bisexual to heterosexual.Read more
I had the privilege of speaking at Pride on Saturday, Edinburgh’s annual celebration of equality, always a riotous colourful shambles of happiness. But Pride is not just a celebration, it is also a protest, against inequality. A remembrance of how far we’ve come, those who went before, and those elsewhere who do not enjoy the rights we do. Scotland has been ranked as the top country in Europe for equalities by ILGA-Europe, the Brussels based LGBTI charity. We have come a long way, and we have a lot to celebrate.
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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.Read more
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg ruled that refusing same-sex couples residence permits with the purpose of family reunification on the basis of their sexual orientation is discriminatory.Read more
EU Member States urged to speak out against homophobia.
Alyn Smith MEP, director of LGBT Youth Scotland, has welcomed the European Parliament’s resolution calling on EU Member States to voice their support for LGBTI people at the United National Human Rights Council.Read more
"Tunisia can take a real lead and join the mainstream."
SNP Member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Alyn Smith and MEP colleagues German Green Barbara Lochbihler and Swedish Green Bodil Valero have, in Tunis, delivered a letter to the Tunisian Justice Minister Mohamed Ali Ben Aissa urging the immediate release of "Marwan" a 22 year old man sentenced to a year in jail after an anal exam which judges ruled "proved" his criminal sexuality, illegal under Tunisian law.Read more