LGBT rights at European Union level / Article


We are pleased to present to you the third in a series of “Būris” (Cage) discussions in English moderated by Ilze Nagla, LTV’s correspondent in Brussels.

This week’s topic of discussion is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights, including a recent European Parliament (EP) resolution calling on the EU to remove barriers to the exercise of fundamental rights that are confronted by people belonging to the LGBT community. The resolution states that marriages or registered partnerships established in one member state should be recognized in the others and that the law should treat spouses and same-sex partners in the same way as male and female partners.

There are two MEPs who are both gay rights defenders, Marc Angel from Luxembourg, representing the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, and Robert Biedron from Poland who also represents the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. Both have attended the Baltic Pride event in Riga over the years.

Discussions in Brussels are reinforced by local debates in Latvian on related issues. You can see the list of topics that will be covered on the dedicated Būris webpage on LSM. These include animal welfare, multiculturalism, hate speech, euthanasia and other controversial themes.

Discussions can be viewed on the LTV player and as Spotify podcasts. The Būris project is co-financed by the European Union.

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