Towards an EU roadmap for equality on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity
Client: EP LIBE Committee
The study examined the possible scope and content of a single policy paper or ‘roadmap’ on homophobia and LGBTI rights. It is based on existing evidence and research on the areas of EU action.
The study took a thematic approach towards the key problems faced by LGBTI persons, focusing specifically on the following areas: equality (including the fields of employment, health, education, access to goods and services and housing); specific trans and intersex issues; diverse families and freedom of movement; freedom of assembly and expression; hate speech, hate crime and violence; and fleeing homophobia and transphobia.
The study first described the objectives of strategic roadmaps and their benefits. It then briefly summarised the relevant areas an EU roadmap could address in view of the EU’s legal competences.
It also considered the key actors for whom a roadmap could be of value or to whom it could be directed. It identified problems faced by LGBTI persons in the aforementioned sectors, actions taken by the EU to date, and planned actions.
Based on these findings, as well as expert advice and brainstorming workshops with representatives of ILGA Europe and the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation, the study proposed over fifty recommendations which could be included in a roadmap for equality on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
These recommendations are based on the preceding analysis and take into account as far as possible the EU’s legal competence to act, subsidiarity and proportionality principles. The recommendations are accompanied by an indicative timeline. The report is available on the Parliament’s website.