Make your experience count! – The first ever European Union LGBT Survey launched

Published: February 4, 2012

This is a historical opportunity to gather more details of the lived experiences, to get a clearer picture of the discrimination LGBT people face and therefore build a stronger and evidence-based case for improvement of the European Union’s legislation and policies.

The LGBT Survey is commissioned by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and is conducted by GALLUP, one of the leading agencies on opinion polls.

The aim of the LGBT Survey is to gather more details and evidence about the experiences of LGBT people in the European Union in order to support equal treatment legislation and policy making. The European Union made significant progress towards equality and human rights of LGBT people already, but there are still many areas of life in which the EU does not have any legislation and/or policies. Consequently, while in some EU Member States LGBT people might enjoy equality and protection from discrimination, in other EU Member States they do not even have an opportunity to redress discrimination.

Currently in the European Union,

· LGBT people are not protected from discrimination in such areas as access to goods and services, and housing;

· homo- and transphobic bullying is an acute occurrence throughout the EU which in some extreme cases leads to tragic instances of teenage suicides;

· homo- and transphobic motivation in hate crimes are not recognised in half of the EU Member States.

Therefore this Survey is of great importance towards improving the EU standards when it comes to equality and human rights of LGBT people, particularly because some opponents are claiming LGBT people are not subjected to discrimination or it is insignificant.

The LGBT Survey asks a range of questions including:
 Personal circumstances
Public perceptions and responses to homophobia and/or transphobia
Discrimination
Rights awareness
Safe environment
Violence and harassment
The social context of being an LGBT person
 
The LGBT Survey is fully anonymous and is available in all EU languages plus Catalan, Croatian, Russian and Turkish.

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