‘The State of LBGT rights in Europe’ by Boris Dittrich
25 February at 20:00 - 22:00
On April 1st, 2001, the first bill legalising gay marriage came into effect in the Netherlands, marking a giant milestone in the acceptance of LGBT+ rights. In the following years, similar bills came into force throughout Europe and, since 2015, gay marriage has also been legalised the US following a supreme court verdict. All these successes have, on most western Europeans, installed the view that LGBT+ rights in Europe have been sorted out. That for all intents and purposes, Europe has become a continent in which LGBT+ groups are equal to the rest of society and enjoy the same rights as the rest of society. However, this is a terrible mistake to make. Not only has progress on LGBT+ rights been very slow in countries such as Italy, but it has also reversed in Poland and Hungary in the past years, not to mention the situation in Russia.
To talk to us about the state of LGBT+ rights in Europe, we will be joined by Boris Dittrich. As a member of parliament for the Democrats ’66 party, he was the driving force behind the bill to legalise gay marriage in the Netherlands. He has remained an avid LGBT+ rights activist and is currently running as a candidate for Senate.
This event is organised in collaboration with Ganymedes LGBT Student association. Attendance is free and open to everyone.