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FRA launches first ever EU-wide LGBT survey

June 27th 2012

This first ever EU-wide survey on the discrimination experiences of LGBT was recently launched by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May, Morten Kjaerum (Director of FRA) said that "Discrimination is often still a fact of life for many LGBT people, even though it is unlawful in EU Member States. Deep-rooted prejudices and misunderstandings in society still prevail, which can result in homophobic and transphobic speech, discrimination, hate crime and bullying at school. The FRA’s latest LGBT survey, which we’ve just launched, aims to shed light on the scale and nature of discrimination and hate crime across the EU. This will give policy makers the missing data they need to frame effective responses."

This first ever EU-wide survey on the discrimination experiences of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, 18 years or older) was launched by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on 2 April. In order to give weight to the results, the European LGBT Survey counts on the participation of a large and diverse group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from each country.

So far FRA has collected around 45.000 responses from LGBT persons, but to gain an even better representation of the millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people living in the EU, the agency is looking for even more people to take part in the survey.

As the first EU-wide survey of its kind, the results will support the development of equal treatment policies for LGBT people in the European Union and should set the agenda for years to come. Based on the survey results, national and European policy makers, as well as non-governmental organisations, will be able to better target their advocacy strategies and activities to support LGBT communities to live and express themselves freely in a non-discriminatory environment.

The survey is completely anonymous (no data on the participants and their sessions are logged in any way). The survey is operated by Gallup, a professional survey and consultancy firm.

To learn more or to take the survey, follow this link (translations into all languages are available).

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