EU adopts Directive offering protection to victims of homophobic and transphobic crimes

EU adopts Directive offering protection to victims of homophobic and transphobic crimes

Today the European Parliament adopted a directive which establishes a set of measures to strengthen victims’ rights in the European Union.

The Directive acknowledges the existence of specific protection needs of victims of crimes committed with a bias or discriminatory motive related to their personal characteristics. These characteristics include sexual orientation, gender and gender identity or expression.

This Directive is the first international piece of legislation referring to gender expression. Its significance is that all trans and gender-variant people will be covered as will be all people who do not present their gender in a stereotyped way.

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