Key legal trends in the protection of LGBT rights in the European Union 2008-2010

In 2007, the European Parliament requested the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) to conduct research on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. In 2008, the FRA published its first comparative legal analysis on homophobia, transphobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the European Union. This factsheet outlines the key legal trends resulting from the updated legal analysis that the FRA undertook in 2010.

The factsheet shows the key positive and negative legal trends that have occurred in the period 2008-2010. It also examines the legal framework for the protection of LGBT rights in key areas in EU Member States. However, many EU Member States have not undertaken new legislative measures to protect LGBT rights since 2008.