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Policy context

The 2008 Communication "Non-discrimination and equal opportunities: A renewed commitment" establishes a framework for the Commission to carry out different activities aiming to fight against discrimination on different grounds including sexual orientation.

Reports

Recent publications focused on LGBT:

More reports focused on the situation of LGBT across Europe have been published by the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO) and the European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET).

Data collection

The European Commission has asked the Fundamental Rights Agency to collect data on homophobia and transphobia (experienced discrimination) in the Member States  and Croatia. The results of the survey are expected around mid-2013.

The most recent Eurobarometer survey Choose translations of the previous link , carried out in the 27 EU Member States, Discrimination in the EU in 2012, revealed that

  • 46 % of Europeans believe that discrimination based on sexual orientation is widespread in society
  • 45 % of Europeans believe that discrimination based on gender identity (being transgender or transsexual) is widespread in society

Raising awareness

Fair treatment is a basic right in the EU. It is illegal to discriminate on the grounds of a person's sexual orientation. Yet EU citizens are not fully aware that they are legally protected against discrimination. Since 2003, the EU has been supporting an information campaign "For diversity. Against discrimination Choose translations of the previous link " across Europe, to make more people aware of their rights and responsibilities.