The European Parliament elections are taking place between 4th and 7th June and gay rights group ILGA-Europe has recently launched a campaign encouraging people to take part.
Their motto is “Be bothered. Vote for a human rights friendly European Parliament.”
ILGA-Europe has two objectives for the campaign.
Primarily, they want to ensure thatthe next European Parliament will maintain a commitment to human rights and equality in general but especially the rights of LGBT individuals.
In this, a 10 points Pledge has been written and members are being asked to sign it.
Secondly, ILGA-Europe want to re-instill some determination into their members so they will literally “be bothered” to take part in this year’s elections.
The 2004 elections witnessed the lowest turnout in the history of the European elections and ILGA-Europe’s message is simple: if you are not bothered – some one else will be.
Martin K.I. Christensen, Co-Chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board, said:
“There is definitely a fatigue among EU citizens when it comes to the European elections.
“Many people think the European Parliament is a distant and irrelevant institution. This is not true, as the European Parliament is the only EU institution on which we have direct influence!
“We cannot afford not to ‘be bothered’ and not to vote. Our vote is our voice and we don’t want to be silenced.”