Several pieces of EU policy, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights in particular, claim that citizens should not be discriminated for their sexual orientation (and gender identity). Nevertheless, in none of the EU countries do LGBT people enjoy full equality with heterosexual citizens. Some member states are very close to full equality, whereas others systematically deprive sexual minorities of their basic rights. The European Union could do a lot more for these people, starting by implementing existing regulations of freedom of movement and non-discrimination which imply, for example, that all same sex couples married or united in a civil union in one European country should automatically be recognised in every other member-state (« mutual recognition »).

European Alternatives advocates for full equality of LGBT people in Europe and beyond.

''Any discrimination based on any ground such as (…) sexual orientation shall be prohibited."

Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights

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