The European Parliament’s
Intergroup on LGBT Rights
Telephone : +32 (0) 228 37 759
The Intergroup is an informal forum for Members of the European Parliament who are interested in issues that impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people—as well as their families and employers. Members of the Intergroup would usually take a positive stance on LGBT issues when they draft reports or amendments, when they vote in the Parliament, or when they deal with constituency affairs.
The Intergroup has 86 members, who are all democratically-elected Members of the European Parliament. Its work is led by 6 Presidents, and the day-to-day work is carried out by the Secretariat of the Intergroup.
For more information on our work and our priorities, see Our work.
The work of the Intergroup consists in monitoring the work of the European Union ; monitoring the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in EU Member States and beyond ; and liaising with civil society groups to relay their concerns at the European level. Monitoring the work of the European Union
We monitor the work of the European Union mostly by examining the legislative work of the European Parliament, and making sure that LGBT issues are included in the various reports, amendments and resolutions the Parliament works on. (See Parliamentary work)
We also regularly remind the European Commission of problematic LGBT issues, and how they should be dealt with.
Beyond examining the work done by European institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Vienna, we also examine the everyday situation for LGBT people in EU Member States and beyond. We take an active part in promoting the human rights of LGBT people (for example with Portugal’s opening up of marriage to same-sex couples), or reminding Member States and their authorities of their human rights obligations under the Lisbon Treaty, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, or the European Convention on Human Rights (for example with Lithuania’s controversial Law on the Protection of Minors).
The Intergroup also regularly reminds other countries of their duty to protect LGBT people’s rights, such as in EU candidate countries, countries in the European Neighbourhood Policy, or third countries such as African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States.
Finally, we also act as a bridge between civil society groups and European institutions, relaying their concerns at the European level. We regularly meet with non-governmental organisations based in Brussels, and with organisations and human rights activists based in Europe and the world when possible.
The expertise of non-governmental organisations is essential to the work of the Intergroup. We aim to listen to their concerns and their priorities, as they reflect the situation lived by millions in Europe and in the world.
Our work for the period 2010-2011 is guided by five priorities, adopted by the Presidents in December 2009 after consulting with our partners. We work on issues connected to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through the following five priorities :