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The fight is not over yet!

Today, on May 17, 2018, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, we proudly celebrate recent legal victories for LGBTQI rights, while continuing to stand in solidarity with our queer friends to fight back against anti-queer violence. 

Gender identities aren’t disordered.  Although, twenty-eight years ago today, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases, trans identities continue being categorized as mental illnesses. This fuels stigma, exclusion and discrimination. It forces trans people to have mandatory mental health diagnosis in order to have documents which reflect who they are. 

Every person has a right to physical integrity and bodily autonomy, but fourteen countries in Europe force trans people to be sterilised before changing their documents, such as ID. Additionally, intersex people, who are born with sex characteristics which do not belong to the male/female norm, are often forced to undergo unnecessary surgical or other medical interventions in order to conform with a society that denies their existence.

“Pathologization, forced sterilisations and unnecessary medical interventions have no place in our society. We call on governments across Europe to allow for legal gender recognition on the basis of self-determination, to compensate individuals who were previously forcibly sterilized and to put a halt to violence in healthcare settings. ” says Zuzana Pavelková, Co-Spokesperson of FYEG.

LGBTQI people across Europe may experience daily verbal and physical violence based on their expression of their gender and sexual orientation. These outward expressions of anti-queer violence are just the tip of the iceberg in our societies which have sentiments embedded deep in our institutions. This discrimination manifests itself across different laws and policies in education, health, and justice institutions. 

“LGBTQI people across Europe have their fundamental rights denied everyday. For instance, no access to marriage and adoptive rights denies people the right to found a family. Repressive states that forbid protests and pride marches deny people their right to peaceful assembly and association” says Katri Ylinen, Co-Spokesperson of FYEG. 

“We commit to fight alongside the queer movement until equality is achieved in all spheres of life and the interconnectedness of our movements’ struggles are recognized!” Ylinen demands.

FYEG fights for a future where everyone is celebrated regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics. We continue to stand and fight in solidarity with the LGBTQI movement in the fight for our fundamental rights, equality and justice!