FRA presented the findings from its report ‘Professionally Speaking: challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people’ to the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee on 21 March in Brussels.
The report shows that although LGBT people have the same rights to education, to healthcare and to be treated equally, as everyone else, in practice the EU still has a long way to go to achieve this. In FRA’s presentation, three areas in particular were singled out that could help make a critical difference. These include: encouraging LGBT visibility; setting a good example in public administrations and in public services; and preparing for the future by empowering teachers so that they help prepare children and instil values such as respect for human dignity and fundamental rights.
The report findings draw on interviews in 19 EU Member States with over 1000 policy makers, teachers, doctors and law enforcement personnel. It complements the findings of FRA’s EU-wide LGBT survey of 2013 as well as it more recent comparative review of the laws and policies that affect the lives of LGBTI people.