EU poll shows discrimination and violence targeting LGBT people

A survey of 93,000 Europeans taken by The European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and released to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia indicates that most LGBT Europeans are living in fear.

Check out the results of the survey in an interactive map.

According to the data collected:

• LGBT people start facing difficulties early at school, where they regularly experience bullying and harassment

• 47% of all respondents felt they had been discriminated against in the year preceding the survey, but 90% of those did NOT report to the authorities

• LGBT people face discrimination in many other walks of life, including work, housing, social services, and in access to goods and services

• LGBT people are frequently victims of hate crime and harassment: About a quarter of all respondents said they had been attacked or threatened with violence in the last five years.

• 2/3’s of the respondents were scared of holding hands in public with their same-sex partner. For gay and bisexual men this rose to about 75%.

• Half of the respondents avoided public places

• 80% were aware of hearing jokes being made about LGBT people

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