Posted on 11. April 2012 in Press

European Fundamental Rights Agency launches LGBT survey


Besides occasional news reports about the discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, there is very little comparable data collected across the EU about the everyday experiences of LGBT people with respect of discrimination. In response to this situation, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has launched the first ever online EU-wide survey to establish an accurate picture of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (18 years or older) that will try to capture their experiences.

As the first EU-wide survey of its kind, the results will support the development of equal treatment policies for LGBT people in the European Union and should set the agenda for years to come. Based on the survey results, national and European policy makers, as well as non-governmental organisations, will be able to better target their advocacy strategies and activities to support LGBT communities to live and express themselves freely in a non-discriminatory environment.

The survey is completely anonymous (no data on the participants and their sessions are logged in any way). The survey is operated by Gallup, a professional survey and consultancy firm.

In order to give weight to the results, the European LGBT Survey counts on the participation of a large and diverse group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from each country. Hence, it is vitally important for the success of the survey that it reaches a wide audience through participants emailing the survey, sharing it through social media or simply inviting LGBT friends to take part.

To learn more or to take the survey, follow this link:

The survey asks a range of questions about LGBT people’s experiences including:

Personal circumstances
Public perceptions and responses to homophobia and/or transphobia
Rights awareness
Safe environment
Violence and harassment
The social context of being an LGBT person

When filling in, please note:

The questionnaire can be filled in by current residents of the EU-27 and Croatia

All respondents need to be 18 years old or older

If you are trans (or have a trans past) and want the survey to capture that, there is no way of doing so other than by ticking the ‘transgender’ box when it appears. After that you will get further choices such as ‘transsexual’, ‘man with a transsexual past’, ‘woman with a transsexual past’, ‘transgender’, ‘transvestite’ etc.

Importantly, if you identify as ‘queer’, ‘non-gender’, ‘agender’ etc. but not necessarily as ‘transgender’, you still have to tick the ‘transgender’ box as otherwise you will either be recorded only as ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’ or ‘bisexual’ or worse by told that you cannot fill in the survey as you are ‘not within the category of persons of this survey’.