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Eurosurveillance, Volume 18, Issue 22, 30 May 2013
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights publishes the European Union lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender survey
  1. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, Sweden

Citation style for this article: Eurosurveillance editorial team. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights publishes the European Union lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender survey . Euro Surveill. 2013;18(22):pii=20492. Available online:

On 17 May 2013, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presented the results of its online survey on fear, isolation and discrimination in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community [1].

In 2010 the European Commission requested the FRA to collect data on hate crime and discrimination among LGBT people in the European Union (EU) and Croatia. Over 93,000 people responded to the online survey ‘European Union survey of discrimination and victimisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons’.

The results of the survey reveal that 47% of respondents had felt discriminated against or harassed during the preceding year. Of the respondents which had been attacked during that period, a majority (59%) reported that an attack or threat of violence were entirely or partly due to being perceived to be LGBT. However, respondents rarely report violence or discrimination as they do not believe that reporting incidents to authorities would make any difference.

The fear of disclosing sexual orientation can have effects also on the reporting of diseases, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. In countries where discrimination against gay men, for example, is high, the reporting of HIV may become misrepresented, as gay men with HIV may not dare disclose the nature of their sexuality. In such circumstances an HIV case may be reported as a heterosexually transmitted case rather than as a homosexually transmitted one.

  1. European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). European Union lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender survey. Results at a glance. Vienna: FRA. May 2013. Available from:

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