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.
In some Member States, doctors still view homosexuality as a disease and transsexuality as a mental disorder, according to findings from a new report by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Such negative views of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in society, among professional groups and policy makers hampers efforts to counter discrimination and hate crime.
The protection of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people has been steadily improving in many EU Member States, according to the latest comparative legal update from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). However, in some countries progress is slower. Trans and intersex people particularly face difficulties. Such problems and the differences in legal protection across EU Member States confirm the need to address the gaps in legal protection, as also flagged in the European Commission’s list of actions to advance LGBTI equality presented on 7 December.
On 10 October, FRA took part in the Conference on Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives to Social and Economic Problems of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Individuals which took place in Istanbul, Turkey.
FRA was invited to present the EU LGBT survey findings at the expert group meeting on measuring the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in New York on 16-17 September.