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Letter of different heads of state and governements on the occasion of the upcoming LGBTI Pride

Read the entire letter of different heads of State and Governement to Charles Michel, president of the European Council, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, and Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal on the occasion of the upcoming LGBTI-Pride.

Dear Charles, dear Ursula, dear António,

On the occasion of the celebration of the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Day the upcoming 28th June, and in the light of threats against fundamental rights and in particular the principle of non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, we express our attachment to our common fundamental values, enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union.

It will be a day to remember that we are diverse and tolerant societies, committed to the unhindered development of the personality of each one of our citizens, including their sexual orientation and gender identity. It will also be a moment to celebrate that, over the last few years, we have walked a long way in favour of these principles, which we believe to be the bedrock of the European Union.

We must continue fighting against discrimination towards the LGBTI community, reaffirming our defence of their fundamental rights. Respect and tolerance are at the core of the European project. We are committed to carry on with this effort, making sure that future European generations grow up in an atmosphere of equality and respect.

Alexander De Croo 
Mette Frederiksen 
Angela Merkel 
Kaja Kallas 
Micheál Martin 
Kyriakos Mitsotakis  Pedro Sánchez 
Emmanuel Macron 
Mario Draghi 
Nikos Anastasiades 
Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš 
Xavier Bettel 
Robert Abela Mark Rutte 
Sanna Marin 
Stefan Löfven