published at: February 26, 2021

Call for Action: Declaration of the EU as an “LGBTIQ Freedom Zone”

To accompany the declaration of the EU as a “LGBTIQ Freedom Zone”, the LGBTI Intergroup calls on LGBTIQ persons and organisations, news media, LGBTIQ influencers, LGBTIQ supporters and allies to contribute to a social media action.

We would like to show the support for LGBTIQ Freedom Zone by pictures of rainbow flags and signs from all over Europe.

How it works:

  • What: Upload a picture of a known monument, view, city/country sign alongside with a rainbow flag or this sign (download link). You can choose if you would like to be on this picture or not. (To give you an idea have a look at the iconic picture Tilda Swinton took a couple of years ago in Moscow.)
  • When: Between Monday, 8 March 2021 and Wednesday, 10 March 2021 
  • Template message: “Our rights, our freedom. We are not an ideology. We are proud citizens of the European #LGBTIQFreedomZone.”
  • Platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Hashtag: #LGBTIQFreedomZone
  • Accounts to tag (optional): 
    • Twitter: @LGBTIIntergroup, @vonderleyen, @helenadalli, @Europarl_EN (editable to other languages, for example, the Portuguese handle of the EP would be @Europarl_PT)
    • Facebook: @LGBTIIntergroup, @dallihelena, @europarl, @EuropeanCommission

Of course you can also be more creative and record a video, create a story, etc.

Background information

To mark the 2-year anniversary of the first Polish resolution against “LGBTI ideology”, or so-called “LGBTI-free zone”, in Świdnik County, the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup initiated a debate and vote in the European Parliament on a resolution which declares the EU to be instead an “LGBTIQ freedom zone”. 

This resolution is a signal to all LGBTIQ persons, organisations and activists that the European Parliament stands by their side and advocates for their rights. It is equally a signal to elected politicians, governments and decision-makers that discrimination against LGBTIQ persons in any way or form does not comply with European values.

The debate will take place on Wednesday 10 March 2021, the vote on the vote on Thursday 11 March 2021. The debate will be streamed in this page: The result of the vote will be available on this page: 

We expect that the resolution will be adopted with a vast majority.