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UNAR and national statistics institute launch report on LGBT people in Italy

May 18th 2012

UNAR, the Italian National Office Against Racial Discrimination, commissioned and financed the first report on the LGBT population in Italy, launched on 17 May.

The report has been produced by the Italian National Statistics Institute on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia.

According to the data published in the report:
- there are about one million (2.4% of the population) gay, lesbian or bisexual persons in Italy;
- over 60% of Italians believe that LGBT people are discriminated against;
- 73% of Italians consider unfair the denial of hiring or of renting a house to a person on the ground of sexual orientation;

Nevertheless, 41.4% of the people interviewed believe that a homosexual should not be able to become an elementary school teacher, and neither a doctor (28.1%) nor a politician (24.8%).