Besides occasional news reports about the discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, there is very little comparable data collected across the EU about the everyday experiences of LGBT people with respect of discrimination.
As the first EU-wide survey of its kind, the results will support the development of equal treatment policies for LGBT people in the European Union and should set the agenda for years to come. Based on the survey results, national and European policy makers, as well as non-governmental organisations, will be able to better target their advocacy strategies and activities to support LGBT communities to live and express themselves freely in a non-discriminatory environment.
The survey was completely anonymous (no data on the participants and their sessions were logged in any way). The survey was operated by Gallup, a professional survey and consultancy firm.
In order to give weight to the results, the European LGBT Survey counted on the participation of a large and diverse group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from each country. Hence, it was vitally important for the success of the survey that it reached a wide audience through participants emailing the survey, sharing it through social media or simply inviting LGBT friends to take part.