On June 24th, EU member states agreed on the LGBTI Guidelines which are the first binding policy instructing EU diplomats how to defend human rights of LGBTI people around the globe.
The Guidelines are comprehensive in regard to transgender people and also refer to intersex people. EU efforts are to focus on four priority areas and come with operational tools to help EU foreign services support LGBTI rights both within Third countries and in multi-national fora.
The guidelines are an example of how a strategic approach by the EU towards LGBTI issues could look like. It is the first EU document adopted by all member states that provides for a definition of transgender and gender identity. Analytical questions guide diplomats to better assess inter alia criminalization of transgender identities, gender-based violence, how trans people can access legal gender recognition, effective discrimination employment protection or gender reassignment treatment.
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