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posted Friday, July 15, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 28
E.U. releases 2011 report on LGBT rights
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E.U. releases 2011 report on LGBT rights

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) released its 2011 report on LGBT rights on Sunday, July 17.

The FRA has published research on LGBT rights issues since 2008, and said its latest report includes a review of European legal trends for the first time.

The latest report focuses on six key areas: Stereotyping, violence, asylum, family rights, employment, and freedom of assembly and expression.

Research included consultations with working groups and NGOs and testimony from experts and policy bodies.

Much like trends in the U.S., the report notes that younger people are more accepting of LGBT people than older people, but that some LGBT people may seek 'invisibility' to avoid persecution.

The report also found that violence and abuse can be caused by public figures making discriminatory statements, which often characterize LGBT people as sub-human, or in a way that implies they are going against morality or social norms.

Such actions by political and religious leaders can be spurred on by negative public opinion toward LGBT people, the FRA says.

According to the FRA report, attacks may take different forms based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Lesbian and Bisexual women, for example, are more likely to be attacked in the home, while Gay and Bisexual men are more likely to be attacked in public by groups.

Attacks on Trans people tend to be more violent and, in some cases, lead to death.

The FRA said that specific data regarding hate crimes is lacking, and called for better reporting by E.U. member states. This will enable the E.U. to better monitor where, when, and why discrimination happens, the report said.

The FRA also reiterated the unlawfulness of the Russian ban on Pride celebrations, although it noted that Russia remains outside of the E.U. The FRA also said that while many countries will allow Pride parades, they will not provide adequate police protection for participants

Neither police concerns nor counter-demonstrations should be allowed to interfere with the ability of LGBT communities to have public events such as Pride parades, the FRA said.

On the subject of anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace, the FRA said that there is an appropriate E.U. legal framework to deal with it, but that it is not uniformly implemented across Europe.

On the positive side, the 2008 Maruko decision by the European Court of Justice said that in all cases where a country has registered partnerships for same-sex couples rather than marriage, such partners must be treated as spouses for the sake of employee benefits.

Although one of the goals of the E.U. is to facilitate free movement of people throughout Europe, the FRA noted that same-sex couples still face legal barriers.

Only if both the country of origin and the country to which the couple moves recognize same-sex relationships can immigrants be sure that they can bring their partners.

Again, on the positive side, the FRA noted a series of recent cases in which the legal definition of 'family' is shifting to newer, non-traditional definitions.

Regarding LGBT asylum seekers, the FRA praised proposals to amend the E.U.'s Refugee Qualification Directive to include gender identity issues. The FRA also noted a recent European Parliament resolution calling for education on the experience of LGBT asylum seekers, and ending of fast-track deportations.

The FRA said that the creation of the new European Asylum Support Office would help member countries deal with LGBT asylum issues.

Surprisingly, the FRA report did not mention recent statements by Germany that it may be legal to deport LGBT asylum seekers on the grounds that if they act discreetly in their countries of origin they could avoid persecution.

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