On 14 April, FRA presented the legal situation concerning international protection and asylum for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and their family members in the EU, at a conference in Oxford.
The event was organised by the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford, the Refugee Studies Centre, All Souls College (Oxford) and the International Journal of Refugee Law. FRA discussed the legal and institutional context of international protection and asylum for LGBTI people. The presentation covered the role of asylum officers and international institutions, sexual orientation and gender identity as grounds for recognition of refugee status and in the case law of the European courts, as well as the situation of family members of LGBTI people seeking asylum. The presentation was based on the FRA’s Comparative Legal Analysis of Protection against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristic in the EU published in December 2015.