By Koen Slootmaeckers, Heleen Touquet, Peter Vermeersch
This booklet deals a well-investigated and available photo of the present state of affairs round the politics of LGBT (Lesbian, homosexual, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights and activism in significant Europe and the Western Balkans within the context of the growth of the ecu Union (EU). It offers not just considerate reflections at the subject but additionally a wealth of recent empirical findings — coming up from felony and coverage research, large-scale sociological investigations and state case reviews. Theoretical suggestions come from institutional research, the research of social hobbies, legislation, and Europeanization literature. The authors speak about rising Europe-wide activism for LGBT rights and learn matters similar to the tendency of nationalist routine to show ‘sexual others’ into ‘national others,’ the activities and rhetoric of church actors as robust counter-mobilizers opposed to LGBT rights, and the function of the household nation at the receiving finish of european strain within the box of primary rights.
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25. 26. 27. 37 new member states. For a more detailed analysis of the impact of EU accession on LGBT rights among the new member states, especially with regard to national differences, we refer to the work of Ayoub (2014, 2015). Face-to-face interview with representative of Mozaika on 19 October 2012 in Dublin; face-to-face interview with representative of the Campaign Against Homophobia on 19 October 2012 in Dublin; personal communication with EU official (European Parliament) on 19 October 2012 in Dublin.
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TOUQUET Intergroup and other actors, the visa liberalisation deal was approved. In Kosovo, the EU’s leverage regarding LGBT rights is also through the visa liberalisation negotiations. It remains to be seen whether these conditions will be fulfilled and whether the process will be distorted by the normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo. The importance of this latter process for the EU and its impact on the EU enlargement has already been seen in the case of Serbian accession. The trade-off between regional security (and a solution to the ‘Kosovo problem’) and LGBT rights has not favoured the rights of the LGBT community, which has become evident in the debate surrounding the Pride parades in Serbia (see Fagan and Slootmaeckers 2014).