The United States may be a bit behind the times on this issue, but thankfully Malta’s leading the charge against conversion “therapy” in Europe! They became the first European country to ban ex-gay therapy. That and more in our look at good news from around the world!
Following a heated debate, the Greek Parliament passed a bill banning discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the workplace.
Malta became the first European country to ban conversion therapy as the parliament unanimously passed the Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression Bill. The bill criminalizes any practice claiming to alter a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
In a speech to the State Parliament, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill issued an apology to the LGBTIQ community ahead of parliamentary votes that approved a gender identity bill, a bill recognizing same-sex couples, and a bill improving discrimination protections for intersex people. Calling attention to specific discriminatory legislation and individuals he’s met with, he concluded saying, “Today, as Premier and as a member of parliament, I formally say sorry to all of you who have suffered injustices and indignities simply because of who you are.”
The Swedish city of Karlskrona announced all public service workers will engage in a course to educate on issues affecting LGBTQ people. The project is part of an effort to make Karlskrona an “open city” where the community will feel safe.
In China, a survey from WorkForLGBT found that more people than ever before plan to reveal their sexual orientation because they believe public tolerance for LGBT issues has improved.
In India, nearly 1,000 people participated in the Ninth Delhi Queer Pride Parade. While the focus remained on protesting Section 377 criminalizing homosexuality, organizers this year also called for support for ethnic and religious minorities, women, academics, and disabled people: “…more than ever, we assert that our pride is inextricably tied to a broader demand for freedom and dignity for all”.
In Romania, around 500 people marched under the banner “God Doesn’t Do Politics” —Dumnezeu nu face politică—in support of the LGBT community and in protest of the Coalition for the Family and the Orthodox Church efforts to reform the constitution to ban same-sex unions.
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