2018 Pride March Pictures

AGEDO / Napoli Pride 14 July 2018

napoli

AMPGYL / Madrid Pride July 2018

Pride Madrid 07:2008 Spain

DRACHMA / Malta Pride 15 September 2018

Malta Pride

LISTAG / Banned Istanbul Pride 1 July 2018

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Press Statement: Romanian Constitutional Referendum, 2018

19THSEPTEMBER, 2018

P R E S S     S T A T E M E N T

Re: Romanian Constitutional Referendum, 2018

The European Network of Parents of LGBTI+ Persons (ENP) is saddened and appalled by the recent events taking place in Romania, regarding the push to outlaw same-sex marriage.

The proponents of the referendum being held on October 7th are aiming to keep a portion of the population as second-class citizens, which goes contrary to EU’s policy on equality. It is a planned attack on love, by those who still hold the thought that love has a gender, which it obviously doesn’t.

At present, the Romanian Constitution defines the family as the free-willed marriage “between spouses”but the initiative’s promoters want to amend it to state that a family is the union between a man and a woman, so as to make same-sex marriages unconstitutional in Romania.  Therefore some questions arise:  Will this be a strategy adopted by other European States?  Is the European Union going to just watch states dismantle their own equality legislation and do nothing? What collective measures are being taken to redress this dangerous path, if other countries choose to do the same in future?

ENP stands in support of all Romanian LGBTI+ people, their parents and families in protest of this senseless referendum and holds to account, those public officers who are shying away from their responsibility to safeguard equality for all.

ENP Board

Download: RomaniaPR16Sep

Parent Interviews

In February 2017, while parents met in Malta for ENP’s launch assembly, we found an opportunity to ask a few parents some common questions. The different responses illustrate the challenging reality parents found themselves in and testify to the joys stemming from acceptance. Overcoming the initial hurdles, these parents show us that unconditional love is the key to building strong family relationships. Parents are activists in their own right, simply by being themselves and telling their story.

These brief interviews have different parents answering one common question. These different questions will help you browse easily depending on your interest and concern. They may be used and shared for the purpose of shedding light on a family reality which sadly, only few people dare talk about or share openly. But we at ENP are determined to change all that!

 

CHILDREN’s RIGHTS MATTER! #IFED2018

Family Day

Wishing you all a wonderful International Family Equality Day!

After the ENP Annual Conference

8125C5E4-07C5-4BC3-93BA-1DD872F0E794Our conference “We Should Speak Out: LGBTI and Family Rights” started with the opening speech of Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, Minister of the Presidency and of Administrative Modernisation

Here are some notes from the conference:

854A1E2D-9F6A-4BE1-A488-E6DC7AAEE5F5“There are insecure family environments as there are insecure countries for the former we want to be an example, for the latter we want to unite our efforts and give them strength” – Margarida Lima de Faria, President of Amplos

12CCF072-6156-4DC0-9081-6C695D9655E2“Through unconditional love of our LGBT children we find ourselves immersed in a world that initially may seem daunting and frightening. However with the right support, courage and strength we have the opportunity to go far beyond our own reality and partake in and embrace what has the potential of being a very beautiful reality” – Joseph Peregin, Chair of ENP

A65CCCB9-3FCD-457A-B643-A19689DC3433“This conference is so necessary and important, because it’s the first time that LGBTIQ+ parents come together with ‘their’ parents. A re-connection, it is like to pile up the pieces of an broken puzzle. And we are bridge-builders to the society at large. So, let’s go ahead to change the laws and the social climate, we are ALL family.” – Björn Sieverding, Secretary of NELFA

CB5D09CE-C0D9-45D9-8DE9-6F2B3EB28B2F“In Portugal, there’s a big gap between our advanced legislation and the social climax. We need strong public policies to overcome this and to move forward in the direction of Full equality for LGBTI people and their Families” – Nuno Pinto, President of ILGA Portugal

CFA03B38-35C5-425A-8C72-105F1F9AC9EC“When we are strong LGBTI communities, when we make space for the many different voices in the community, we are also stronger to burst some bubbles in society to reach out to allies and create strong voices for LGBTI rights” – Katrin Hugendubel, Advocacy Director of ILGA-Europe

FA2DB974-280D-48A3-97D0-395B96C81699“As a Parents’ Network, in defence of ALL our children, we can infiltrate all pockets of society and religious settings where we can speak out and share our stories. This helps to influence public opinion in a style and manner that is more acceptable. It disarms the opposition too.” – Joseanne Peregin, Board Member of ENP

0BF24A0D-F46D-46D3-B3E8-B06B7445ED42“LGBTI FAMILIES ARE FAMILIES LIKE OTHERS BUT NOT AS OTHERS” – Dominique Boren, President of NELFA

0DFEAD58-EF3F-412F-B5F4-5812DFF41939“Families Europe works to represent the voice of all families at EU level. Families in their diversity is representing the reality of society in the EU today” – Paola Panzeri, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer COFACE

3C222623-CA86-4912-AB44-08A92039E980“Knowledge is the key to change the world” – Camilla Gisslow, Member of ENP from Sweden

624DF345-282D-414B-9B59-E674EE0EE0B5“Eu amo o meu filho, por isso estou aqui, e luto todos os dias pela sua felicidade” – “I love my son, so I’m here, and I fight every day for his happiness” – Cristina Cardosa, Member of Amplos

1A203242-C3A2-4CD7-B68E-00699587F81F“My gender is not defined by my genitals” – Isaac Rodrigues, Board Member of rede ex aequo from Portugal

572D979D-636A-4C55-BFC0-74E04841DCC7O direito a ser, na identidade, expressão e corporalidade – “the right to be: in identity, expression and corporealy” – Daniela Filipe Bento, Board Member of ILGA Portugal

998D21B0-0D2F-4253-B173-190E6EFBB84F“LGBTQI parents are not European citizens as others because they can’t move all over Europe without loosing rights and protection for their KIDS and themselves, they are second class EU citizens” – Giuseppina La Delfa, Member of Associazione Famiglie Arcobaleno

2065133C-FFA1-41A8-B896-F411077736FD“I have a quotation from my teammate Züleyha Baransel from Listag (Families and friends of LGBTI+ in Turkey):
Even if the things we thought I knew about my child have changed, her smell never changed. I smell my child like I did when s/he was born” – A.Unal from LISTAG

EEBBC5B4-C784-47F8-BAAD-E24403898CFD“In a current European context where we are once again hearing expressions like “we and the other”, where human rights are constantly under threat, it is important to ensure that civil movements unite to win and regain rights. Throughout this process, and peaceful resistance are indispensable” – Ana Aresta, Vice-President of ILGA Portugal

0AD45CD5-A79A-418B-B198-94485420E074“Rainbow families want to be able to move freely within Europe and preserve their rights. Don’t treat us like second class citizens.” – Eleni Maravelia, Member of FLG Famílies LGTBI

0191F486-EDFF-43D9-A047-D0B0010B9317“Polish rainbow families are fighting for their rights and recognition. Thanks to the conference we are more empowered and hopeful” – Joanna Śmiecińska, Member of Tęczowe Rodziny from Poland

E77F2B7A-3DDB-40B8-8314-400AD1E18435“Politicians are always saying ‘society isn’t ready’. The reality of our society is that rainbow families exist in Croatia, they were here before, new families will be here in the future, and we need protection and support now, and let’s work on this together” – Daniel Martinovic, Coordinator of Dugine obitelji from Croatia

67B0CFFE-B0F8-429F-9552-77CDF62E1AB1“Talking about my family experience in daily life, walking through visibility and daring” – Ana Paula Góis

CE2D7ED3-FD46-423E-894E-9DE5BBAAB45C“A normative family or person is somehow an artificial narrative, because under the surface, society has always been diverse” – Ricardo Fuertes, Advisor to the Lisbon City Councillor for Education and Social Rights

ENP Annual Conference in Lisbon, Portugal

In March 2018, the statutory Annual General Meeting of European Network of Parents of LGBTI+ will take place in Lisbon, Portugal to coincide with NELFA’s conference which will help us enhance visibility and collaboration.


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Dear European parents of LGBTI+ persons,

What appeared to be just a dream has now become an actual reality. Yes, ENP has been formally registered for one year now and we continue to bring European parents of LGBTI+ people together, to support one another and to grow as one movement.

We invite you to join us at the upcoming International Event being held in Lisbon, Portugal from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th March 2018.

ENP and NELFA CONFERENCE

On the 16th ENP will hold a Conference together with NELFA who are LGBTI+ families. AMPLOS and ILGA-Portugal will be the host organizations. The Conference goal is to maximize collaboration and networking most fruitfully. This will also enhance visibility and create a platform for journalists and political and civil society leaders.

We will be under one roof from different corners of Europe: forming one movement, one voice, with one clear message – SPEAK OUT: LGBTI & FAMILY RIGHTS.

ENP GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On the 17th ENP will hold its first General Assembly in which you will discuss its mission and strategic plans after electing the new Board.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the people that matter in helping to bring about the necessary social change towards full inclusion, affirmation and dignity of LGBTI+ persons and their families, in Europe. Be on the right side of history and support ENP in its endeavours to be a voice for those who fear to use theirs; to show solidarity with those who are suffering stigma and social exclusion in their country. Let’s be ambassadors of a growing number of Parents who are propelling into a European movement, together as parents ‘coming out’ as one voice.

We welcome you into the ENP team with open arms.

Be very welcome in Lisbon

Joseph Peregin

Margarida Lima de Faria

o.b.o ENP Board

Program

March 15th – 18h 00m-20h 30m Session in Parliament (reserved)
March 16th – 9h 30m – 18h 30m – Conference (at ISEG)(public)
09h30 Registration
10h00 Opening Session:
Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, Minister of the Presidency and of Administrative Modernisation
Manuel Mira Godinho, President of ISEG
Nuno Pinto, President of ILGA Portugal
Margarida Faria, President of AMPLOS
Joseph Peregin, Chair of ENP
Guiseppina La Delfa, Vice President of NELFA

Video message from Terry Reintke, Co-Chair of the EP LGBT Intergroup
Video message from Jonas Gunnarsson, Rapporteur for the CoE PACE on “Private and family life: achieving equality regardless of sexual orientation”

11h00
Round-table: The role of European Networks in promoting LGBTI equality
Moderation by Jorge Gato, Researcher at FCPEUP
Paola Panzeri, Senior Policy and Advocacy officer COFACE
Joseanne Peregin, Board Member of ENP
Katrin Hugendubel, Advocacy Director of ILGA-Europe
Dominique Boren, President of NELFA

12h30-14h30
Lunch

14h30
Trans and Non-Binary Identities in Childhood and Youth
Moderation by Carla Moleiro, Researcher at ISCTE-IUL
Camilla Gisslow, Member of ENP (Sweden)
Cristina Cardoso, Member of AMPLOS
Aslan Unal, Member of LISTAG (Turkey)
Isaac Rodrigues, Board member of rede ex-aequo
Dani Bento, Board Member of ILGA Portugal

16h-16h30
Coffee Break

16h30
Parenting realities: the persistent issues in various European contexts
Moderation by Paulo Trigo Pereira, Member of the Portuguese Parliament
Bjorn Sieverding, Secretary of NELFA
Ana Aresta, Vice-President of ILGA Portugal
Daniel Martinovic, Coordinator of Dugine obitelji (Croatia)
Joanna Smiecinska, Member of TRiP (Poland)
Eleni Maravelia, Member of FLG (Spain)

18h00
Closing Session:
Carlos Duarte, Vice-President of the Commission for Citizenship and Equality
Ricardo Fuertes, Advisor to the Lisbon City Councillor for Education and Social Rights
19h 30mReception in City Hall (public)

March 17th – 9h00- 12h30m – ENP – General Assembly ENP (only for ENP members) at ISEG
14h 30m – ENP Plenary + Workshops (open to all ENP participants) at ISEG

18h – 10h- 13h – Visit to the Museum of Freedom and Resistance (public – inscriptions) + lecture – The Prossecution of LGBT persons during the Portuguese dictatorship by São José Almeida.

Hotel:
V Dinastia Guest House – http://www.vdinastia.pt

ENP at Ljubljana Conference

In Ljubljana, we attended a safe space meeting of parents of LGBTs, a long interview with one of the main local daily newspapers and finally we were guest speakers at a rather unique cultural Centre frequented by artists, progressive option setters & members of the LGBT community etc

The site that advertised our event

https://legebitra.si/dogodek/pravice-lgbt-oseb-vera-se-res-izkljucujejo/

The following is a translation of the event description

In a conversation with Joseanne and Joseph Peregin, we will touch on the topic of faith and the rights of LGBT people.

Joseanne and Joseph Peregin come from Malta, where they are founder members of the Drachma Group for parents of LGBT persons, the European Network of Parents of LGBT People and the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics.

They are also active in the Christian Life Community in Malta.

In a conversation led by Dr. Roman Kuhar, they share their experience of activism for the rights of LGBT people as Catholic parents of a gay son.

IDAHOT 2017 Message

A message from ENP Board on IDAHOT 2017, 17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
“Loves Makes a Family’

Podgorica, Montenegro Pride 2017

Croatian & Serbian parents from TransParent Organization and Turkish parents from LISTAG (Families and Friends of LGBTI+) at Podgorica 2017 Pride carrying ENP banner #LoveMakesAFamily. More info at Montenegro Media

Inaugural Assembly in Malta, 21st- 22nd February, 2017

We are very happy to announce the establishment of
EUROPEAN NETWORK OF PARENTS OF LGBTI+ PERSONS (ENP)