EU Survey: LGBTQ+ Community Faces Rising Violence Despite Decreased Discrimination

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A comprehensive survey conducted by the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency reveals shifting dynamics for LGBTQ+ individuals across the EU, with a decrease in discrimination countered by an alarming rise in violence.

Released today, the survey reflects input from over 100,000 self-identified LGBTQ+ respondents and indicates minor changes compared to the previous poll conducted three years earlier. While there's a positive trend towards increased openness about sexual orientation and gender identity, instances of violence, harassment, and intimidation have surged.

According to the findings, the proportion of LGBTQ+ individuals in the 27 EU member states reporting physical or sexual assaults due to their identity rose from 11% to 14% over the past five years. Notably, Bulgaria and Latvia exhibit the highest rates of such assaults, predominantly targeting bisexual and intersex individuals.

Despite a slight decrease in reported discrimination across various aspects of life, including work, education, healthcare, and public services, significant disparities persist. Bulgaria and Cyprus stand out with the highest rates of discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, reaching 48%.

Intersex and transgender individuals bear the brunt of discrimination, with rates surpassing 50%, emphasising ongoing challenges within the community. The survey also extends to EU candidate countries Albania, North Macedonia, and Serbia, highlighting widespread issues beyond EU borders.

Shirpa Rotio, Head of the FRA, underscores the importance of combating intimidation and violence against LGBTQ+ individuals, stressing the need for continued efforts to ensure their safety and equality across Europe. Despite strides towards acceptance, the survey highlights the enduring struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and the urgent need for systemic change.

(Source: Amna)

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