“Summer is the time of Pride marches. The numerous marches in Europe are a testament to the ground-breaking progress toward acceptance of the equal rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons”, says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published today.
“In the vast majority of European countries, and elsewhere in the world, crowds have been rallying to celebrate - or claim - recognition and increased respect for the human rights of persons who do not fit the prevailing paradigms on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to show solidarity with them. However, obstacles remain on the road ahead. In parallel with the increased visibility and equality wins for LGBTI persons, there has been a backlash in recent years. Across Europe, we still see discrimination, intimidation and persecution.”