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Berlin, 17.05.2013

Fear, isolation and discrimination among LGBT people widespread in Europe

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presents the largest LGBT survey to date at the intergovernmental conference in The Hague

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) today published a wide-ranging study on hate violence and discrimination against LGBT people to mark the International Day Against Homophobia. A total of 93,000 people from EU states as well as Croatia took part in the online survey, which Dr. Bodo Lippl, a member of MANEO’s advisory board, helped to prepare in a consultative capacity.

The results of the published study show that many LGBT people in Europe still expect be to be subjected to hate violence and discrimination, particularly when they show themselves openly. Victims say fear and isolation are often the consequences.

The results also emphasise the fact that homophobia and hate violence are far more wide- spread than the statistics of investigating authorities and anti-violence projects suggest and that there is a considerable number of unreported offences. This finding by the FRA underlines two scientific, German-wide studies carried out by MANEO in 2006-2008 on gay men’s experience of homophobia.

MANEO supports the call by Morten Kjaerum, director of the FRA, for Europea-wide measures against homophobia and hate violence. MANEO particularly supports the strengthening of the training measures for justice and investigating authorities as recommended in the FRA report. In contrast to other German police forces, officers and new recruits in Berlin have been continuously trained in homophobic hate violence since 1999. MANEO is heavily involved in this work. Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office last year appointed a contact person specifically for homophobic hate violence, which now means that relevant training is now being provided in the Berlin justice system. MANEO and the State Secretary for Justice in Berlin Alexander Straßmeir reported on the training sessions in a press conference yesterday.

 

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