As the 2021 Rainbow Europe Map reveals widespread and almost complete stagnation on human rights of LGBTI people, we are at a juncture when governments can actively choose the right way forward, says leading LGBTI rights organisation, ILGA-Europe.
Monday – 17 May – is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). For many years now, the ‘official’ LGBTQI movement has organised a visibility action by asking cities, communes, municipalities and districts in Flanders to fly the rainbow flag.
On 11 March 2021, the European Parliament passed a resolution declaring the European Union a ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone‘. This resolution was a reaction to self-declared LGBT-free and ‘LGBT-ideology’ free zones in Poland and Hungary. But ILGA-Europe made a state of the European Union regarding the real-life situation of queer people in the EU.
From today, we can travel to and from Belgium. That travel can be non-essential. But while we can leave Belgium for another member state of the European Union or a member state of the Schengen Area, it is important to research which country is welcoming tourists.
The Consultative Committee of Governments has as expected decided to allow non-essential leisure travel from and to member states of the European Union. Starting 19 April. But it’s not a free pass.
COVID-19 | The updated Ministerial Decree of Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) confirms leisure travel outside Belgium and within the European Union and the Schengen Area will be allowed from 19 April. That is after the Easter School Holiday.
In response to the backsliding of LGBTIQ rights in member states of the European Union, notably Poland and Hungary, MEPs declared the EU an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone‘ on Thursday 11 March.
ILGA-Europe‘s ‘Annual Review 2021‘ shows that as a result of the unprecedented events of 2020, LGBTI people and communities in Europe have been pushed to the brink.
The Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) or Austrian Federal Railways and their Swiss colleagues SBB-CFF-FFS present a map of their future Austro-Swiss night train plans for Europe in 2024.
The National Security Council of Belgium announced some major relaxation of coronavirus countermeasures from 8 June.