On 8 June, a FRA representative addressed a large open meeting of thousands of LGBT people and supporters of LGBT equality at the Athens Pride event in Greece.
The FRA presented its EU LGBT survey results to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on Thursday 30 May 2013.
The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has set up a Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination. It is responsible for equality, discrimination (on any grounds), all forms of racism, xenophobia and the situation of minorities.
“A too great number of LGBT people across Europe are being barred from being themselves. Their ability to enjoy their basic human right of living with dignity, to enjoy life and express themselves freely without discrimination, is being denied.”
The EU’s largest LGBT hate crime and discrimination online survey ever conducted shows that many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people cannot be themselves in their daily lives. Many hide their identity and live in isolation or even fear. Others experience discrimination, and even violence, when being themselves.
FRA Director Morten Kjaerum was the European rapporteur in the UN conference ''Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" in Oslo on 15 April.