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In May 2019, the Agency launched an EU-wide LGBTI survey, seven years after the first one. The survey will collect the experiences of discrimination and hate crime as well as the views and challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and, for the first time, intersex people across the EU, North Macedonia and Serbia.
In 2012, the Agency carried out a survey to address the lack of robust, statistical data on the life experiences of LGBT people in the EU. At the time over 93,000 LGBT people living in the EU shared their views and experiences. It was the largest ever EU-wide LGBT survey. The 2019 repeat survey aims to assist the EU and Member States in their efforts to further strengthen legal and policy frameworks protecting the fundamental rights of LGBTI people. Comparing results from the previous survey will help to assess the effectiveness of policies and measures to combat discrimination and victimisation, and to promote equal participation in society.
The EU-LGBTI Survey will be carried out online between May and July 2019, using the most appropriate means for reaching out to LGBTI persons. We cooperate with LGBTI civil society organisations and communities, social media channels and networks. We make efforts to reach out to LGBTI persons of all ages and backgrounds, including those not affiliated to LGBTI community organisations, as well as those who are not able or wanting to be open about being lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex in their daily lives.
In preparing the survey, FRA held consultations with the European Commission, European and international organisations and institutions that work for, or promote, LGBTI equality and human rights in the EU and in the world, consulting also EU and international academic experts and researchers to improve and fine-tune our research tools.
The results will be published in 2020.