Extract from article originally published on Reuters, 18 June 2020 – accessible here
Hundreds protested outside the Romanian president’s palace on Thursday against a proposed ban on gender identity studies which they said would infringe human rights and fuel discrimination.
The Romanian parliament approved the ban without public debate this week in the latest initiative by religious and conservative groups to adopt similar policies on gender to neighbouring Hungary and Poland.
Some 150 people wearing masks and trying to adhere to social distancing rules left banners outside his door on Thursday, urging the president to do so.
The LGBTI intergroup of the European Parliament wrote a letter signed by 64 MEPs addressing the President of Romania not to promulgate the Bill.
ILGA-Europe is working closely with HR activists in #Romania to ensure the law banning education about gender will not come into force. The law violates freedom of expression in academic spaces and discriminates against women and #LGBTI people. #GenulExista #GenderIsReal #TransOK https://t.co/xM14F1zysY
— ILGA-Europe (@ILGAEurope) June 30, 2020