On 18 May, FRA took part in a side meeting at the International Ministerial Meeting on Education Sector Responses to Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression, jointly organised by the Council of Europe and UNESCO.
Some people consider being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) as an illness or a disease. Such wrong and outdated views continues to permeate throughout society leading to discrimination and social stigma. This year’s International day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, on 17 May, uses the theme mental health and well-being to draw attention to the need to change the mindset of those, including healthcare professionals who still harbour such views.
The raw data from the first EU-wide survey of LGBT people’s experiences of discrimination in everyday life, including hate crime, is now available for use in the public domain. The dataset contains a wealth of information about the experiences and views of 93,000 LGBT people from all across the EU.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, shared with FRA staff his concerns for human rights during his visit to FRA in Vienna on 29 April. He stressed the importance of FRA’s work, speaking of how there is an urgent need to ensure respect for human rights in these challenging times.
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.
On 6 April, FRA was a keynote speaker during a session on the non-discrimination of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersexual (LGBTI) people at the Council of Europe’s child rights strategy conference in Sofia.
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 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.