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Homophobia: The European Union provides an alarming state of affairs
(Blogmensgo, May 21, 2013) Like all May 17, today is the International Day against Homophobia. The event seems much better covered by the French media last year, perhaps because of - or through - the long gestation of the law on the opening of marriage to homosexuals. So I will just mention a large European study.
[ Update May 17, 2013. Constitutional Council has fought his way against homophobia, validating this day the French law on the opening of marriage to homosexuals ( decision n ° 2013-669 DC of 17 May 2013 ). ]
Report PDF: EN | FR | DE | NL Visual Synthesis PDF: EN Key figures here (PDF at the end of page, multiple languages)
The Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union (FRA) today presents the findings of an investigation "on hate crimes and discrimination against LGBT people" ( website | Facebook page ). The largest initiative of its kind in Europe, as this online survey began last year is based on responses from 93,000 LGBT people living in the European Union and Croatia.
Below, an overview of the results in video and in English:
On average, 66% of respondents - or 75% of gay and bisexual men - say they are afraid to hold their partner's hand in public. It is true that a quarter of respondents (26%) experienced abuse or threats of violence in the past five years.
Discrimination begins in school, where 80% of respondents remember sarcasm or intimidation of LGBT people, 60% of respondents saying to one of the victims of such behaviour.
After school work. An LGBT person in five (19%) felt discriminated in their job search.
These figures demonstrate how much should one day a year to curb or eliminate the factors homophobia, lesbophobia of biphobia and transphobia. The FRA agency relied on the results of the survey - administered by Gallup - to make a number of recommendations that will provide members of the European Union.
For more information, visit the links that I mentioned above.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.