Introduction: EU Enlargement and LGBT Rights—Beyond Symbolism?

  • Koen Slootmaeckers
  • Heleen Touquet
  • Peter Vermeersch
Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)


Over the last decade, the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people have become an ever more salient and controversial topic in international politics. LGBT rights are increasingly considered a litmus test for a country’s broader human rights record. As Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, so eloquently articulated:


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Koen Slootmaeckers
    • 1
  • Heleen Touquet
    • 2
  • Peter Vermeersch
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Politics and International RelationsQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Leuven International and European Studies (LINES)KU Leuven – University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.Leuven International and European Studies (LINES)KU Leuven – University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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