EU Agency for Fundamental Rights highlights how prejudices against LGBT people remain in the workplace
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has commented on a report by the EU agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) which found that inaccurate and outdated views towards LGBT people continues to compromise their rights.
The report, the first ever comparative assessment across 19 member states including Ireland, of the opinions of professional groups and policy makers including doctors, teachers and police officers, recognises that despite huge strides forward, the lack of information and training about the needs of LGBT people, prevents public officials from helping to counter the prejudices that LGBT people face.
Speaking today Ms Boylan said:
“The findings of this report indicate that there are insufficient measures in place in many professional workplaces to help LGBT people to combat negative views, which can in turn lead to discrimination and hate crime.
“Shockingly the report revealed that in some member states doctors still view homosexuality as a disease and transsexuality as a mental disorder.
“This underlines the need for EU member states to empower public officials through the provision of adequate training so the needs of LGBT people are recognised and provided for.
Ms Boylan continued:
“More positive engagement by member states can help to ensure that the wide scale discrimination still suffered by the LGBT community can be combated effectively and that LGBT hate crime, which is often unrecognised and therefore unreported can be recorded and dealt with via properly enacted laws.”