Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

1 January, 2010
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FRA - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

This report updates the FRA comparative legal analysis of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity first published in June 2008. It presents the situation as it stood at the end of 2009, though information gathered in 2010 has been incorporated to the greatest possible extent.

Developments over the past years testify to the increasing awareness of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in the European Union. This report updates the FRA comparative legal analysis of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the EU of June 2008. It provides an overview of trends and developments at the international and EU level on legislation and legal practice in the fi eld. While some encouraging developments towards better protection of LGBT rights have been noted in a number of Member States, in others little has changed since 2008, and in others some setbacks were also identified.

A comprehensive approach to issues of discrimination and victimisation visible across the areas examined would add to the fulfilment of fundamental rights for LGBT people throughout Europe.

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