Arts & culture

There are numerous sources of information on life as a LGBT(I) person in the different countries where Denmark are engaged in developmental partnerships: Magazines, references to book titles, film clips or references to these. And at we have started to include these in our resources. Read about for example the newest issue of Qzine - African’s only magazine of LGBTI arts and culture. Find them in our extensive database of resources.

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EU guidelines

In 2013, the protection of LGBTI human rights became officially part of EU foreign policy, when the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union adopted Guidelines To Promote and Protect the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons.

The Guidelines is a comprehensive legally binding document which will provide instructions to EU institutions and Member States on how to progress on human rights of LGBTI people in dealing with third countries and at international fora. They prioritise actions around combatting discriminatory laws and policies, LGBTI-phobic violence, and the promotion of equality and non-discrimination.

Download EU guidelines here

For more on how to improve the legislation for LGBT people, see the EU Handbook on the protection of LGBT people - good practices in helping victims

Another handbook: LGBT rights in Europe supported by EU, provides tools needed by legal practitioners for better understanding of the protection afforded by European and national law in cases of discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

In 2010 the Council of the European Union published a toolkit to Promote and Protect the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People. The toolkit aims to provide staff in the EU Headquarters, EU Member States’ capitals, EU Delegations, Representations and Embassies with an operational set of tools to be used in contacts with third countries, as well as with international and civil society organisations, in order to promote and protect the human rights enjoyed by LGBT people within its external action. It seeks to enable the EU to proactively react to cases of human rights violations of LGBT people and to structural causes behind these violations.

Priority areas of action included are:

  • decriminalisation
  • equality and non-discrimination
  • support and protection for human rights defenders

The toolkit lists the operational tools and actions which the headquarters and EU missions have at their disposal to protect LGBT rights. It also provides a useful listst of elements for analysis/checklist of situation regarding LGBT human rights issues (annex 2).

See toolkit to Promote and Protect the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People.


A recent 2016 survey by COC Netherlands and ILGA-Europe focuses on he EU LGBTI Guidelines, their implementation, and the experiences of LGBTI organisations across the world with the EU Delegations and National Embassies of EU Member States.  Results are combined with good practices and suggestions for improvement per priority area and tool: Report on the implementation of the EU LGBTI Guidelines

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