Protection against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics in the EU – Comparative legal analysis – Update 2015

While awareness of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons is on the rise across the European Union, hurdles to their full enjoyment of their fundamental rights remain. This report updates FRA’s 2010 report on homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

This report outlines trends and developments at national and EU level, focusing on access to and legal recognition of gender; non-discrimination in employment; freedom of expression and assembly; as well as freedom of movement, family reunification, and asylum, including international protection for LGBTI people and their family members. In addition, this report for the first time addresses in-depth the fundamental rights situation of intersex persons. By identifying areas of progress as well as set-backs and remaining challenges, it provides a thorough overview of the current status of LGBTI rights and serves as a valuable resource for actors at all levels working to eliminate discrimination against the LGBTI community.