EU Commission says it is important to support trans rights

Published: May 5, 2011

The EU commission answered a written request from members of the new European Parliament. In her response commisioner Reding highlights the significance to take up issues transgender people are facing.

Commissioner Reding says:

"The Commission recogizes the importance of supporting the promotion of equality for transgender people. The Strategy on Equality between Women and Men 2010-1015 foresees to study the specific issues pertaining to sex discrimination in relation to gender identity.

Through the programme PROGRESS, the Commission has allocated funding for the running and operational costs of the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). This has allowed ILGA to develop some activities in support of the rights of transgender people, and to contribute to strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations who are promoting their rights.

The Commission has also recently launched a study on "Discrimination against trans and intersex people on the grounds of sex, gender identity and gender expression." When the results of this study are available, the Commission will look at the appropriate follow up."

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