New challenges in countering homophobia

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a conference on ‘The new challenges to counter homophobia’ in Rome on 20 May on the fundamental rights of LGBTI people.

Sharing experiences of LGBTI violence in schools

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.

Marking International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

FRA took part in events related to this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

Call to change the mental health view of LGBTI people

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 Such wrong and outdated views continues to permeate throughout society leading to discrimination and social stigma.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.

FRA’s LGBT survey dataset now available

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.

UN Human Rights Commissioner expresses support for the work of FRA during his visit

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.