E.T.Ho.S participated on 23rd of September in the “High Level Conference on Advancing LGBTI equality in the EU: from 2020 and beyond” in Brussels, which was organized jointly by the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission.
Participants at the Conference –which included representatives from Member States, the European Parliament, the European Commission and civil society– discussed on how to advance LGBTI equality in the upcoming years and how to tackle current and new challenges. Furthermore, LGBTI data were presented from Eurobarometer, showing a significant improvement in how LGBTI people are perceived across the EU. However, discrimination remains widespread and more initiatives are needed, across Member States.
Αll speakers, during the fruitful panel discussion, emphasized the need and the importance of media in countering long-lasting stereotypes and prejudices against LGBT people. Within this framework, the representatives of E.T.Ho.S presented to participants and stakeholders the Media Guide and its influence in the better media representation of LGBT people.
Discussing with Jani Toivola- former Finnish MP and Chair of the LGBTI
intergroup at the Finnish Parliament- the content of Media Guide.
The participants and stakeholders highlighted that the Media Guide and the trainings implemented to media students and professionals are successfully contributing to the advancement of LGBT equality in the EU and similar initiatives, targeting media, should be endorsed by the Member States.