ENP is the short name given to the European Network of Parents of LGBTI+ Persons which was founded in Malta on 22nd February, 2017. We are a group of parents coming from different walks of life, with different cultures, languages, political and religious beliefs but who share one common purpose – to see the safety, dignity and wellbeing of our LGBTI+ children guaranteed in society.
ENP aims to contribute its resources (our stories) to help improve legislation that protects and affirms all LGBTI+ Persons in a manner that empowers them to participate fully in society without fear of discrimination or shame.
The dream of ENP is to change the hearts and minds of those who continue to feed hate and stigmatisation of LGBTI+ Persons. We will work to bring down barriers and tear away the walls of prejudice, by sharing our personal stories and building bridges of dialogue. We are gate openers and points of reference for those wishing to commit to this cause.
We value the embodiment and active promotion of the diversity among LGBTI + people within the LGBTI+ movement and within society in general.We underpin respect and recognition of human rights, which are indivisible and universal, and which include cultural, social, economic, civil and political rights.We promote and emphasize family values beginning with acceptance and unconditional love.We consider family more than just blood relatives. It is a safe space of growth and welcome.
As parents, relatives and allies we perceive our mission as:
- Building a network of European Parents of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and non-normative people to act as an umbrella organisation for the respect of their dignity and protection. We offer a collective voice that empowers advocacy for our children’s rights and duties.
- Believing unconditional inclusion and acceptance is our family’s strength.
- Acting as gate-openers and bridge-builders, to help improve policies for better equality and inclusion of ALL our children. As parents we do this in a compelling and authentic way.
- Standing in defence of all LGBTI+ persons and their families, by expressing solidarity and offering our support.
- Providing safe spaces for discussion and engagement with difficult, controversial and delicate LGBTI+ related issues.
- Actively promote human dignity by eradicating homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and any form of discrimination and hate crime on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sexual characteristics.
- Ensuring protection from human rights’ violations, inequality and violence by addressing any fears and barriers that often paralyze our societies from affirming LGBTI+ persons and their families.
- Engaging in the process to change hearts and minds by speaking truth to power: for legal, political, institutional and social change.
- Demonstrating international solidarity with other parents of LGBTI+ people by offering a platform whereby we can stand together, with other discriminated groups of people, offering mutual support at combatting oppression and discrimination and in achieving equality both within Europe and in other regions of the world.