16. Juni 2022

LGBTI Intergroup – Urging the Chamber of Deputies to strike down Hungarian-style propaganda law tacitly adopted by the Romanian Senate

LGBTIQ*Offene Briefe

Dear President of Romania,
Dear President of the Chamber of Deputies,
Dear Vice-Presidents,
Dear Leaders of the Parliamentary Groups,

We address you today as Members of the LGBTI Intergroup in the European Parliament, a cross-party grouping
of elected Members working on equality for LGBTIQ people, to convey our concerns over the bill tacitly approved
in the Romanian Senate. The majority vote last week in the Human Rights Committee of the Chamber of Deputies
has raised our concern.

We were made aware that the bill tabled by the UDMR party amending the Law no. 272/2004 on the protection
and promotion of the rights of the child was moved to the Chamber of Deputies. This bill aims at banning
dissemination of information on homosexual orientation and gender diversity among minors, as well as freezing
the legal gender of children until they reach 18 years of age.

We view this bill as a particularly worrying development, given its resemblance to the Hungarian bill (subject to
infringement procedures opened by the European Commission last year) and to the Russian ‘anti-LGBTIQ’
propaganda law. Through this letter today, we seek to lay out arguments that question the human rights compliance
of this bill, which we strongly oppose, and secure your support in not allowing this bill to become law.

the full letter can be read here: Full Letter