On the 18th of May, MEPs Sophie in ‘t Veld and Radka Maxová hosted a Renew4Equality webinar on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT - May 17). With this year’s general theme of “Breaking the Silence”, they discussed LGBTI phobia in the daily lives of young people, especially in schools and universities. Panellist from several European NGOs that work with young LGBTI people debated the challenges that young LGBTI people still face and explored what the EU can do to fight LGBTI phobia.
Sophie in ‘t Veld (MEP):“Today’s webinar made it clear that civil society all over the EU is working hard to support young people facing LGBTI phobia, by giving diversity training to teachers in Poland or operating crisis hotlines in the Czech Republic for example. However, the political discourse in many European countries needs to change if we want young LGBTI people to grow up free from discrimination. We still see authorities sending out a harmful message, saying that LGBTI people have no right to exist in their country, such as the recent law in Hungary banning legal gender recognition. Instead, public figures should take the lead and show young LGBTI people that they are heard and that there is a place for them in society.”