Half of EU believe gay and trans hate is history

New European survey reveals perceptions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender discrimination

Half of EU believe gay and trans hate is history
27 November 2012

A new survey has shed light on European attitudes to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The European Commission’s report also found that 46% of respondents across the European Union think gay people face discrimination, while 46% think they rarely or never do.

Similarly, 45% across the EU think transgender people face discrimination, and 42% disagree. It is the first time gender identity has been included in the survey.

However, a breakdown of the figures reveal large disparities between the 27 countries.

77% in Cyprus believe there is discrimination against LGB people, while only 16% believe transgender people are persecuted in Bulgaria.

The ‘Euro-barometer’ only measures perception of discrimination, and doesn’t establish factual levels of discrimination or violence faced by LGBT people in the EU.

Overall, no significant change was measured since 2009, despite some countries reporting less perceived discrimination, including Sweden, Romania, Latvia, and Poland, and more in Cyprus, Slovakia, Greece, Slovenia and Belgium.

Members of the European Parliament have welcomed these new results.

Sirpa Pietikäinen, vice-president of the LGBT Intergroup, said: ‘I’m happy to see that citizens feel increasingly comfortable with LGBT persons overall, even mildly at 0.1% across the Union.’

‘Of course there are both positive and negative evolutions in individual membersStates, but in the long run I am convinced the European Union has a beneficial effect for the acceptance of LGBT people.’

In the first half of 2013, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights will publish results from its LGBT equality survey, featuring actual levels of discrimination in the EU and Croatia.



No thumbnail available

Olympics are over, but Matthew Mitcham is still singing - this time from Rome

Diver does mash-up of Rome Wasn't Built in a Day and Roam using a ukulele and a Segway
No thumbnail available

Michael Sam leaves CFL training camp before first preseason game

'The team has left the door open and Michael is welcome to come back whenever he feels ready'
No thumbnail available

Questions not to ask the mixed-race daughter of two Jewish lesbians

Shoshana Devora was raised by lesbian moms, which meant she was often asked the same questions again and again by curious outsiders. Here she offers answers to some of the most common queries
No thumbnail available

'Anti-homosexuals apartheid' in Cameroon says pro-gay lawyer

Alice Nkom, a Cameroonian lawyer who has defended gay men and women for the last decade, says the country is battling an ‘anti-homosexuals apartheid’, comparing the situation to slavery
No thumbnail available

OutServe-SLDN is closing its Washington, DC office at the end of the month

Outserve-SLDN's Executive Director Allyson Robinson steps down as the board head says the organization faces severe financial problems
No thumbnail available

Gay suicides should be counted, say campaigners

As Britain releases suicide stats, groups say gay mental health issues should be better recorded and acted on
No thumbnail available

Christian Green councillor faces party ban over gay marriage vote

Inquiry says Brighton politician Christina Summers should be expelled from Green Party after voting against group's policy to support gay marriage in the UK
No thumbnail available

Trailblazers: Capella – 'They still push cabbages in wheelbarrows in ÃŽle de Batz!'

The Eurodance act from the 90s are still touring and still travelling
No thumbnail available

Malaysian activist will fight to hold sexualities festival

Malaysian activists planned to appeal a court decision that refused to review a ban on the country's only sexual diversities festival
No thumbnail available

Hilary Rosen's ex tries to diffuse furor over Ann Romney comment

Elizabeth Birch: 'This is a manufactured battle over things on which we mostly agree'