Disinfo: European Parliament bans words 'mother' and 'father'

Summary

A new pro-homosexual vocabulary is proposed by the European Parliament. According to this new vocabulary, it would be forbidden to use terms such as "mother", "father", "trans", "gay" or "lesbian", on the grounds that these terms would be disrespectful to certain ethnic or gender minorities (LGBT).

Disproof

The claim promotes a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative cataloguing Europe as a cesspit of deprivation and moral decay. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the threats to traditional values in the West.

Indeed, a glossary has been developed in the European Parliament (EP) to help EP staff communicate inclusively about disabilities, sexual minorities and issues related to race, ethnicity and religion. As a general rule, the glossary recommends asking the people in the groups what terms they prefer. In the chapter on LGBTI people, the glossary recommends replacing the terms "mother" and "father" with "parent", with the words "strictly in the context of administrative forms and similar contexts".

Following the publication of several articles misinterpreting this glossary, the European Parliament came with a denial. The Romanian portal G4media.ro refers to an official response of the Bureau of the European Parliament in Romania:

"In connection with the subject of an alleged restriction by the European Parliament of the terms 'mother' and 'father', we bring the following clarifications. There is an internal glossary at European Parliament level to ensure the use of non-discriminatory and inclusive language. It recommends the use of the inclusive term 'parents' strictly in the context of administrative forms and similar contexts. The document is for internal use only, it is addressed in particular to translators in the European Parliament who work in a complex environment where multilingualism is the norm and was not designed to issue recommendations on the work and statements of MEPs.

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  • Reported in: Issue 237
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Romanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU
  • Keywords: LGBT
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