‘Massively problematic situation of LGBTI people’ needs tackling, says FRA Director

The FRA Director spoke of the ‘massively problematic situation’ of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (LGBT) people in the EU and how intersex people have been too often overlooked, during a presentation at the European Parliament on the Agency’s latest LGBT report.

He outlined the findings from the report ‘Professionally Speaking: challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people’ at a meeting of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights on 16 March in Brussels. He spoke of the ‘simply primitive’ views of some professionals that the report revealed and called on policy makers as well as professional associations of doctors, teachers, police to act on these findings to better protect and promote the rights of LGBTI people.

To support this, the body of evidence collected by FRA in this report, as well as its legal comparative report and the views of LGBT people themselves, should be used over and over again. He also spoke of the support among professionals for EU policies and legislation as a driver for advancing the rights of LGBTI people. The report findings drew on interviews in 19 EU Member States with over 1000 policy makers, teachers, doctors and law enforcement personnel.