Reports and statistics on LGBTI discrimination

Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity has no place in our society, but for many people in Europe, it is a daily reality. The European Commission is standing against discrimination, prejudice and hate, and for diversity.

The 2015 Eurobarometer on discrimination shows that almost 60% of EU citizens see discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as widespread.

2015 Eurobarometer on discrimination 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) people continue to suffer from widespread discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in the European Union. Although 71% of EU citizens agree that LGBTI people should have the same rights as heterosexual people, according to a study by the European Fundamental Rights Agency (2013), 47% of LGBTI people report to be discriminated or harassed in the year preceding the survey.

2013 European Fundamental Rights Agency study on LGBTI discrimination 

The European Commission published in December 2015 the List of Actions to Advance LGBTI Equality to move LGBTI equality forward. The Council adopted the first ever conclusions on LGBTI equality in June 2016 requiring the Commission to annually report on the implementation of the list of actions.

2015 European Council conclusions on LGBTI equality

Raising awareness of LGBTI issues

The European Commission is also raising awareness about the issues LGBTI people face, and their rights. For the first time in 2016 the Commission participated to the EuroPride and at that occasion launched the We All Share the Same Dreams campaign.

For the International day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia (IDAHOT) in 2017 the European Commission lit its main headquarters, the Berlaymont, in the colours of the rainbow flag.

In addition it released a video on LGBTI equality.

More information on the European Commission's work on LGBTI can be found here.