The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has further explored the results from its EU-wide survey on violence and discrimination towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
These latest findings, which FRA will present at a high-level conference in Valletta organised by the Maltese and Swedish governments, underline how fear, isolation and discrimination are felt even more acutely by transgender and young LGBT people.
“We have identified disturbing patterns of violence and discrimination towards LGBT people especially in relation to younger people and those who are transgender,” says FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “However, the Eurovision song contest results reveal a measure of respect and tolerance towards the LGBT community that we hope will continue to grow across Europe.”
FRA’s latest analysis now identifies cross-cutting themes such as:
The initial results published in 2013 overwhelmingly pointed to widespread levels of violence, bullying at school as well as discrimination.
These and other findings are being presented on 13 May at the second international IDAHO Forum, a high-level conference hosted by the Maltese and Swedish government to mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).
Over 93,000 LGBT people, aged 18 or above from all across the EU, completed the online survey. This summer FRA will publish the main results report from the survey.
FRA has been working on the fundamental rights of LGBT people since 2007. Future publications will focus on the situation of transgender people (November 2014) and the role of policy makers, police, teachers and health workers in tackling the problems faced by LGBT people (2015). An update on FRA’s comparative EU legal report is also expected in 2015.