“LGBTIQ persons are not an ideology. We are people with fundamental human rights and no one, not even a Member State of the European Union can take our fundamental human rights away from us.”
These were the words of Maltese MEP Cyrus Engerer following his appointment as Socialists and Democrats’ lead negotiator ahead of the EU’s historic LGBTIQ Freedom Zone resolution.
This widespread decision came following the outrage surrounding multiple municipalities in countries like Poland and Hungary declaring them LGBTIQ-free zones, discriminating against multiple people.
Engerer went on to state that diversity and protection of human rights are pillars of European values and that is why they should be maintained across each country.