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Being Trans in the EU - Comparative analysis of the EU LGBT survey data

March 31st 2015

This 2014 report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) examines issues of equal treatment and discrimination on two grounds, namely sexual orientation and gender identity.

Trans persons, or those whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex assigned them at birth, face frequent discrimination, harassment and violence across the European Union (EU) today. This reality triggers fears that persuade many to hide or disguise their true selves. This report examines issues of equal treatment and discrimination on two grounds, namely sexual orientation and gender identity. It analyses data on the experiences of 6,579 trans respondents from the EU Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) survey, the largest body of empirical evidence of its kind to date.

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has published two related survey reports: EU LGBT survey – European Union lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender survey – Results at a glance (2013) and the EU LGBT survey – European Union lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender survey. Main results (2014). In this current analysis, FRA found that, with few exceptions, trans respondents indicate the highest levels of discrimination, harassment and violence amongst LGBT subgroups.

Equal and full social participation of all without discrimination is a precondition for inclusive and cohesive societies. In this regard, the survey results depict a disturbing reality. They show that the equality of trans persons is, as yet, a hard-to-reach goal. Still, this report comes at a time when a growing number of EU Member States are taking steps to promote and protect the fundamental rights of trans persons. The evidence collected and analysed from this survey should serve politicians and policy makers as they strive to craft legislation, policies and strategies that better safeguard those rights.

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Being Trans in the EU - Comparative analysis of the EU LGBT survey data
Being Trans in the EU - Comparative analysis of the EU LGBT survey data
Being Trans in the EU - Summary
Being Trans in the EU - Summary
EU LGBT Survey 2014 - Main Results
EU LGBT Survey 2014 - Main Results
EU LGBT Survey 2013 - Main Results
EU LGBT Survey 2013 - Main Results


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Organisations working on Trans Issues

  • Transgender Europe is a European human rights NGO working for the human rights and equality of all trans people. More Information: www.tgeu.org
  • ILGA-Europe - the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, also does a lot of work regarding trans people.
  • Human Rights Campaign is a US based organisation that works for Lesbian, Gay,
    Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights. In 2014, they published a Transgender Visibility Guide that guides Trans Gender people through the coming out phase.

Observed each year on 31st March, International Transgender Day of Visibility is a day to celebrate the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also recognizing the leadership of transgender and gender nonconforming trailblazers who have led the charge in the fight for equality.