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LGBTQ+ people in Europe face less discrimination but more violence – survey

55% of LGBTQ+ people experienced harassment in their daily lives in 2023, jumping from 37% in 2019. This was particularly apparent in younger groups.

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In Europe, there is a sign of “gradual progress” in openness to LGBTQ+ people, with the number of people experiencing discrimination going down to 36% (from 42% in 2019). Don’t celebrate yet, however, since – paradoxically – the number of LGBTQIA people who experienced hate-motivated violence, such as physical and sexual attacks, increased from 11% in 2019 to 14% in 2023.

This is according to a survey done by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), which tapped over 100,000 LGBTQ+ people in the 27 EU member states, as well as Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia.

Among the findings of the survey include:

  • 55% of LGBTQ+ people experienced harassment in their daily lives in 2023, jumping from 37% in 2019. This was particularly apparent in younger groups.
  • 67% of LGBTQ+ youth suffering persecution/bullying at school in 2023, compared to 46% in 2019.
  • 14% reported experiencing a physical or sexual attack in the five years before the survey was conducted in 2023, with intersex people facing most violence. That represents a rise of three points since FRA carried out a similar survey in 2019.
SIRPA RAUTIO
Director, Fundamental Rights Agency

Also – and sadly – the Vienna-based agency said that incidents are “severely underreported”.

To tackle anti-LGBTQ+ disinformation campaigns and online hate, FRA said that member states should “address the risk of bias in algorithms and ensure the accountability of digital platforms under EU law”.

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