PRESS RELEASE: «Fotini Pipili, Member of the Parliament (New Democracy Party), filed three parliamentary questions for the legal recognition of gender identity, the inclusion of gender identity in anti-discrimination laws, and the training of security forces in gender identity issues».

Athens, December 3, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Subject: «Fotini Pipili, Member of the Parliament (New Democracy Party), filed three parliamentary questions for the legal recognition of gender identity, the inclusion of gender identity in anti-discrimination laws, and the training of security forces in gender identity issues».

Greek Transgender Support Association (G.T.S.A.), a recognized association fighting for the protection of the rights of the trans community, informs with this press release about the three parliamentary questions filed by  Fotini Pipili, Member of the Parliament, New Democracy Party (right-wing conservative party).

Fotini Pipili, also a member of the Council of Europe, was one of the MPs invited to speak during the International Day of Trans Remembrance, organized in Athens by G.T.S.A. on 11.25.2014, and on the occasion of the submitted data about several extremely serious human rights violations against trans people, as well as incidents of violence, exclusion and discrimination, filed three questions to three relevant Ministries on the legal recognition of gender identity, the inclusion of gender identity in anti-discrimination laws and the training of security forces in gender identity issues.

First Parliamentary Question: (http://www.hellenicparliament.gr/UserFiles/c0d5184d-7550-4265-8e0b-078e1bc7375a/9096314.pdf):

To: the Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Mr Haralampos Athanassiou
Subject: “Legislative regulations for the recognition of the rights of transgender people.”
Honorable Minister of Justice,
Greek Transgender Support Association organized an event on the occasion of the International Day of Trans Remembrance, on Tuesday, November 25th in which I was invited to speak as a MP and member of the Council of Europe, representing the New Democracy party. The Chair-Person of the Association gave shocking figures for cases of murder, violence, abuse and discrimination against transgender people worldwide and also stated various specific incidents of violence in Greece against transgenders mainly in Athens, Thessaloniki etc. The demands of the citizens belonging to this category have already been recognized in other European countries. In Greece, although some of these demands have been included in recent laws, other issues that are extremely important for their recognition by the State, are still pending.
On this occasion, and because there will be a forthcoming bill for changes to the Family Law:
The Minister of Justice is asked to answer to the following questions:
1. Is the Ministry going to proceed in legal recognition of gender identity in order trans people to have the ability to change their documents without surgical or other pre-requirements?
2. Does the Ministry intend to extend the anti-discrimination law 3304/2005 in order to cover issues of discrimination on grounds of gender identity in the workplace, in the area of service and goods providing and housing?
3. Does the Ministry intend to amend Law 3896/2010 for the “Implementation of equal opportunities and equal treatment between men and women in issues of employment and occupation” and Law 3769/2009 for the “Implementation of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in service and goods provision” to the direction of gender identity?

Second Parliamentary Question: (http://www.hellenicparliament.gr/UserFiles/c0d5184d-7550-4265-8e0b-078e1bc7375a/9096315.pdf):

To: Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection, Mr. Vassilis Kikilias.
Subject: “Information – Education and penalties on the Security Forces for transgender issues”
Honorable Minister of Public Order,
Greek Transgender Support Association organized an event on the occasion of the International Day of Trans Remembrance, on Tuesday, November 25th in which I was invited to speak as a MP and member of the Council of not only worldwide but also in Greece, only a small number of incidents.
The Minister of Public Order is asked to answer in the following questions:
1. Did your Ministry undertook any project to inform – educate the Law-Enforcement Officers in diversity issues and especially in gender identity issues which is a timeless request of the Greek Transgender Support Association?
2. If not done, is the Ministry of Public Order intends to organize such projects?
3. What penalties are provided for? Did these penalties been applied in cases of unacceptable behavior by the Law-Enforcement Officers against this social group?

Third Parliamentary Question: (http://www.hellenicparliament.gr/UserFiles/c0d5184d-7550-4265-8e0b-078e1bc7375a/9096316.pdf):

To: the Minister of Interior Affairs, Mr Dinopoulos.
Subject: “Legislative regulations for the recognition of the rights of transgender people”
Honorable Minister of Interior Affairs,
Greek Transgender Support Association organized an event on the occasion of the International Day of Trans Remembrance, on Tuesday, November 25th in which I was invited to speak as a MP and member of the Council of Europe, representing the New Democracy party. The Chair-Person of the Association gave shocking figures for cases of murder, violence, abuse and discrimination against transgender people worldwide and also stated various specific incidents of violence in Greece against transgenders mainly in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities. The requests of citizens belonging to this category have already been recognized by other European Countries. In Greece, although some of these demands have been included in recent laws, other issues that are extremely important for their recognition by the State, are still pending.
On this occasion, and because there will be a forthcoming bill for changes to the Family Law:
The Minister of Interior Affairs is asked to answer the following question:
• Is the Ministry going to proceed in legal recognition of gender identity in order trans people to have the ability to change their documents without surgical or other pre-requirements?

The last sentence in all the above parliamentary questions ends with the phrase: “Because this is an important but unknown issue to the majority of the public. I attach, for your information, the speech of the Mrs. Marina Galanoy, Chairperson of the Greek Transgender Support Association”.

Greek Transgender Support Association (G.T.S.A.) will start having a series of contacts with all the democratic parliamentary parties, welcomes the filing of the above three questions, and invites all relevant Ministers and parliamentary parties to legislate for the legal recognition of gender identity without the requirement of surgical or other medical procedures, to conform the anti-discrimination laws in the direction of including gender identity, as well as start awareness-training seminars for the Law-Enforcement Officers in gender identity issues.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
GREEK TRANSGENDER SUPPORT ASSOCIATION (G.T.S.A.)
http://www.transgender-association.gr/
transgender.support.association@gmail.com

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