Bureau

The Presidents lead the Intergroup and represent it both inside and outside of the European Parliament. Co-presidents take daily decisions on the Intergroup’s work and both Co-Presidents and Vice-Presidents decide on the Intergroup’s priorities and work programme.

Our Co-Presidents

Terry Reintke

Member State: Germany
Group: Greens/European Free Alliance

Terry Reintke has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014 and became Co-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in November 2017. Terry has a longstanding history in LGBTI activism and the fight for equal rights.

She is a member and Greens/EFA coordinator of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. She is also a substitute member of the Committees on Employment and Social Affairs.

Furthermore, she is Member of the Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee and substitute for the Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Sebastian Fietkau

Read more: Terry Reintke’s profile on the European Parliament website

Marc Angel

Member State: Luxembourg
Group: Socialists & Democrats

Marc Angel has been a Member of the European Parliament since December 2019 and became Co-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in January 2020. Marc has over 25 years of HIV/AIDS advocacy and was appointed UNAIDS Champion for the 90-90-90 targets.

He is a member of the Committees on Employment and Social Affairs and Petitions. In addition, he is a substitute member in the Committees on Economic and Monetary AffairsInternal Market and Consumer Protection and the Special Committee on Beating Cancer.

Regarding his role in delegations, Marc is a Member of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly and the Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee. He is also a substitute of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Lisa Kersch

Read more: Marc Angel’s profile on the European Parliament website

Our Vice-Presidents

Maria Walsh

Member State: Ireland
Group: European People’s Party

As a member of Fine Gael in Ireland, Maria Walsh belongs to the European People’s Party Group in the European Parliament. Maria became a Member of the European Parliament in 2019. She became Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in December 2019, replacing the previous EPP Vice-President Sirpa Pietikäinen.

Maria is Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and substitute in the Committees on Fisheries and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Éimear Deery

Read more: Maria Walsh’s profile on the European Parliament website

Liesje Schreinemacher

Member State: the Netherlands
Group: Renew Europe

As a member of VVD party in the Netherlands and the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament, Liesje Schreinemacher become a Member of the European Parliament in 2019.

Liesje is Member of the Committees on International Trade and Legal Affairs, and she is a substitute member of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, as well as the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age. Liesje is in addition a Member of the Delegation for relations with the United States and a Substitute Member in the Delegation for relations with Japan.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Solange Kamm

Read more: Liesje Schreinemacher’s profile on the European Parliament website

Malin Björk

Member State: Sweden
Group: European United Left/Nordic Green Left

A Member of the European Parliament since July 2014, Malin Björk is part of the Left Party of Sweden. She belongs to the Confederal Group of the United European Left. She became Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in November 2015.

In her parliamentary work, Malin is member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Malin is also a member of several Parliament Delegations: relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil, Delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan, EU-Uzbekistan and EU-Tajikistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and for relations with Turkmenistan and Mongolia and to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. She is also substitute member to the Delegations for relations with Mercosur and with South-Africa.

Staff members in charge of LGBTI issues: Charlotta Naverhed

Read more: Malin Björk’s profile on the European Parliament website

Fabio Massimo Castaldo

Member State: Italy
Group: non-attached

Fabio Massimo Castaldo was elected to the European Parliament in the 2014 elections for the Five Star Movement. He is currently the 14th Vice President of the European Parliament and became Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in December 2015.

In his parliamentary work, Fabio is a member of the Committees on Foreign AffairsConstitutional Affairs and Security and Defence. He is a substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Fabio is also a member of two Delegations: for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union, including the EU-Morocco, EU-Tunisia and EU-Algeria Joint Parliamentary Committees and to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly.

Staff member in charge of LGBTI issues: Francesca Acampora

Read more: Fabio Massimo Castaldo’s profile on the European Parliament website

Our previous Bureau Members

Sophie in ‘t Veld

Member State: the Netherlands
Group: Renew Europe

Sophie in ‘t Veld was Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup during 2 terms until October 2020. She also founded and chaired the European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics and chairs in addition the European Parliament Working Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights since 2009.

Read more: Sophie in ‘t Veld’s profile on the European Parliament website

Sirpa Pietikäinen

Member State: Finland
Group: European People’s Party

Sirpa Pietikäinen is a Finnish Member of the European People’s Party. As a Member of the European Parliament, she replaced Alexander Stubb in 2008 and was since re-elected continuously. She became Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in 2014 and ended her term in December 2019.

Read more: Sirpa Pietikäinen’s profile on the European Parliament website

Tanja Fajon

Member State: Slovenia
Group: Socialists & Democrats

Tanja Fajon is a Member of the European Parliament since July 2009 and was Vice-President of the Socialist & Democrats group. She became Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in 2014 and ended her term in December 2019.

Read more: Tanja Fajon’s profile on the European Parliament website

Seb Dance

Member State: United Kingdom
Group: Socialists & Democrats

See Dance was a British Member of the S&D Group. As a Member of the European Parliament. Seb Dance was first elected in 2014, having finished his mandate in January 2020 due to Brexit. During his last term, he was Vice-Chair of the ENVI Committee.

Read more: Seb Dance’s profile on the European Parliament website

Daniele Viotti

Member State: Italy
Group: Socialists & Democrats

Daniele Viotti was a Member of the European Parliament during the 8th legislature. He became Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup in 2014 and ended his term in July 2019.

Read more: Daniele Viotti’s profile on the European Parliament website

Ulrike Lunacek

Member State: Austria
Group: Greens/European Free Alliance

Ulrike Lunacek was an MEP and Co-President of the Intergroup between 2009-2017, Vice-President of the EP between 2014-2017. She authored the Lunacek report on the EU’s Roadmap against homophobia and discrimination. In the first half of 2020 she was State Secretary for Cultural Affairs in the Austrian government and is now freelancing. 

Read more: Ulrike Lunacek’s profile on the European Parliament website

Michael Cashman

Member State: United Kingdom
Group: Socialists & Democrats

Michael Cashman was an MEP between 1999-2014, having been one of the founding members of the LGBTI Intergroup. Michael served in several key committees to LGBTI issues during his three mandates (e.g. LIBE, DROI, DEVE). He is currently a Member of the House of Lords in the UK.

Read more: Michael Cashman’s profile on the European Parliament website