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Full respect for LGBTI people fleeing Ukraine

Badges with Ukrainian and LGBTI flags
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This year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia on 17 May takes place against the backdrop of war in Ukraine. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) welcomes the solidarity shown across the EU countries. It urges all countries to treat everyone in all their diversity including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI+) people fleeing the war equally and with respect. So, they too enjoy the same fundamental rights protection as others and can live freely.

“Our surveys repeatedly show that LGBTI people are among the most vulnerable to victimisation and violence because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “As Europe opens its arms to people fleeing the war in Ukraine, we should also pay attention to displaced LGBTI people. As a Union of Equality, the EU values human rights, equality, diversity and respect for human dignity for everyone no matter who they are.”

FRA continues to collect data on the efforts in EU countries to support displaced people.

Examples across Europe show how European LGBTI communities, along with the wider public, are doing their best to provide protection and support.

Next year, FRA will launch the third wave of its EU LGBTIQ Survey. It will also provide data about the situation of LGBTI people displaced from Ukraine and now living in the EU.