Cyprus’ MEPs on Tuesday joined a European Parliament vote calling on the EU to draw up a roadmap to protect the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
The resolution was passed by 394 votes to 176, with 72 abstentions. All five Cypriot MEPs present – Eleni Theocharous and Andreas Pitsillides of Disy, Takis Hadjigeorghiou and Kyriakos Triantafyllides of Akel and Edek’s Sophocles Sophocleous voted in favour.
Diko’s Antigoni Papadopoulou did not attend the session, as she is in Cyprus for her party’s elections in which she is running for deputy president.
In the 2013 EU LGBT survey, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency found that 47% of LGBT people felt discriminated against or harassed and 26% were physically attacked or threatened with violence in the previous five years.
"Homophobia must not be tolerated in Europe any more. So many of us lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people have lived our lives in fear for too long. Fear of holding hands on the street, fear of being called names, fear of being thrown out of our houses, schools or jobs. My report says the EU must act on this, so that we, too, may enjoy the rights guaranteed to all in the EU," said rapporteur, Austrian Green MEP Ulrike Lunacek.
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