Vienna’s LGBT anti-discrimination office ‘is an excellent example of what cities and local authorities more generally can effectively and concretely do to promote and protect fundamental rights, including the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,’ said FRA Director Morten Kjaerum on 3 October. He was giving the keynote speech at a conference celebrating 15 years of Vienna’s LGBT anti-discrimination office (‘Antidiskriminierungsstelle für gleichgeschlechtliche und transgender Lebensweisen - WASt’), the first such office of its kind in Austria.
FRA's latest opinion on the impact of EU equality legislation notes how people continue to face discrimination in their daily lives despite the considerable progress in terms of policies and laws nationally and EU-wide.
On 24 August, FRA presented the results from Germany of its EU-wide survey on hate crime and discrimination by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to the German Federal Ministry of Justice during the Ministry’s Open Doors event in the presence of Minister Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.
On 19 June, FRA presented the findings of the EU LGBT Survey during an academic discussion under the title 'Is Sexual Diversity Dividing Europe?’ at the University of Amsterdam pointing to the fear, isolation and discrimination that are common in Europe’s LGBT community.