Luxembourg Signs Declaration on Ending Violence and Discrimination against LGBTI People

Luxembourg's Family Minister Corinne Cahen today signed the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) Declaration calling for a comprehensive European policy on LGBTI issues. 

The Declaration advocates a global approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues at European Union level with the aim of ending violence and discrimination against LGBTI people.

The 2017 declaration is a renewal of the declaration signed in 2013, supplemented by minor adaptations. It therefore refers to the recent texts published by the EU institutions in this field, studies published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the IDAHOT 2014 and 2016 declarations. It also contains an explicit reference to intersex persons. Furthermore, the 2017 Declaration calls for collaboration within the framework of the United Nations and calls on the European Commission to further strengthen its leadership in combating discrimination against LGBTI people.

By signing the Declaration, Luxembourg is committed to advancing the rights of LGBTI people at both national and international levels including and affirmation that Luxembourg “will continue to work to ensure that neither culture, traditions or religion can be invoked to justify any form of discrimination, including discrimination against LGBTI persons."