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"Discrimination is often still a fact of life for many LGBT people, even though it is unlawful in EU Member States," said Morten Kjaerum, on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May. "Deep-rooted prejudices and misunderstandings in society still prevail, which can result in homophobic and transphobic speech, discrimination, hate crime and bullying at school. The FRA's latest LGBT survey, which we've just launched, aims to shed light on the scale and nature of discrimination and hate crime across the EU. This will give policy makers the missing data they need to frame effective responses."

The FRA launched an EU-wide online survey on 2 April 2012. It covers all EU Member States and Croatia. The survey is unprecedented in geographical scope and substance as it covers education, hate crime, employment and many other subjects. The survey will remain open for some more weeks. The findings in 2013 will yield a reliable overview of experiences by LGBT people across the EU.

The overview will be complemented by additional studies later in 2013 among public authorities, identifying policies and promising practices by Member States in preventing and addressing discrimination, and abuses against LGBT people.

The Agency believes that this work will contribute to a better understanding of the underlying causes of homophobia and transphobia, and identify ways to best combat discrimination and hate crime in the EU today.